Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

25 May 1853.


Prof. D. H. Mahan has been invited to attend the Annual Examination of the Cadets at the Virginia Mi: Institute, which will commence on the 20th June. The examination of the Cadets at the Mil: Acady will in all probability have been finished by that time, after which his services could without disadvantage be dispensed with.

But the order of the Secy. of War, contained in your letter of 3 Sept: 1852 requires that “the Academic Board shall not separate after the annual June examination until notification that their further action in regard to the examination will not be needed.” This will prevent his attending the examination at the Virga. Institute, which for reasons that will occur to you would be desirable & advantageous, unless in your opinion a majority of the Board, as provided for in Par. 12. Acadc. Regns, would be sufficient for the transaction of the business that might be brought before it.

I have the to be your obedt Servt:(Signed) R E Lee. Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

P.S. Cadet Hunter requests permission to deposit Fifty dollars to his credit previous to his graduation & Cadet Venable asks that he may receive some articles of underclothing &c from his friends—which requests are recommended for favorable consideration.

(Signed) REL.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 29. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”