Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. N.Y.

June 21 1853


Among the Cadets found deficient, and recommended for discharge by the Academic Board, are the following, the distance to whose place of residence is unknown here viz.

CadetMahan F. Wright. appo. at large—his father, (Br. Col.& Maj: Wright) stationed in California.
    “Chapline Good. Buffalo Knob. Pike Co. Missouri
    “George W. Palmer. Vancouver. Clarke Co. Oregon

also the following—whose places of residence have been changed. viz:

CadetF. A. Harrington.fromAlbion, Orleans Co. N.Y. to Aurora. Portage Co. Ohio.
    “G. R. Wilson   “West Alexandria-Washington Co. Pa. to Scottsburgh.
U— Co Oregon.

    “W. E. Kingsbury   “Franklin, New London Co: Conn: to St Louis. St Louis Co. Misso.

Are these last to be paid Transportation to their present place of residence—or to that from which they were appointed? if the former, I fear the amount of transportation, will exceed the appropriation.

The table of distances which we have, was published on 31 January 1842, and many changes of Post routes have since been made, if there is any later one to be had from the Post Office Dept:—I should be glad to be furnished with it.

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 34. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”