Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

Sept: 12. 1853.


Having found it necessary to send Lieut. Smith to the City of New York for the purpose of procuring specie for a Treasury draft required to pay labores. mechanics freight &c—I have the honor herewith to transmit a copy of my order to him, in obedience to a paragraph in General orders No. 17 of June 27. 1853.

I am very respectfully Your obedt Servt.Sigd. R. E. Lee. Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 51. Addressed “General Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”