Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

5 July 1853


Having arranged such matters as require my personal attention, & knowing of nothing calling for my presence, I wish to avail myself of the opportunity to take a leave of absence & will report myself to the Dept: in person in a few days, which I hope will meet with your approbation.

I am very respectfully your obedt ServtSigned / R. E. Lee Br. Col:

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 38. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”