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Robert E. Lee

S. B. Phinney

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point. N.Y.

August 30. 1853

Dear Sir.

I enclose my reply to the letter of Mrs. Bursley, which I had the honour to receive in yours of the 18th Inst: From it you will be able to see the action on the subject of her request, & why it was not sooner acknowledged. Please cause it to be handed to her.

I have the honour to be, 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. 47. Addressed “S. B. Phinney Esq Collector Barnstable”

Lee enclosed his letter to Mrs. Bursley of 30 August 1853.