Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

17 June 1853


I have not lost sight of the subjects of your letter of the 14th ulto:, referred to in that of the 14th Inst:, but have delayed till this time in the hope that you might have found it necessary to have been present at a part of the Examination of the Cadets this June; when I could have had an opportunity of submitting to you a plan & site for quarters for Engineer troops, as well as for the disposition of the appn.

As it is now necessary to secure the latter, I recommend that it be remitted to Capt: G. N. Cullum, to whom I presume the construction of the quarters in question, when definitively arranged will be entrusted.

The Appn. of $2.500. for warming Academy &c, has been rendered inapplicable from the fact that the basement of the building in which the furnaces are to be erected, is occupied as a Cavalry Exercise hall, & would be destroyed for that purpose if constructed. But in the hope that a proper Exercise Hall will in time be obtained, & that there will then be no obstacle in the way of its application, should you concur with me in opinion, and should no better course present itself, I would propose that it be placed in my hands for that purpose

I have the honour to be Sir. Your very obedt Servt.Signed/ R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 32. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”