Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

19 Sept: 1853.


I enclose a letter from 1st Lt: Wm G Peck asking an addition to his present qrs., with a plan of the same; upon the first of which are endorsed the reasons that prevent my recommending his application for favorable consideration.

I am very respectfully. Yr. Obt. Servt:Sigd. R E Lee Bt Col.
Supt. Mil. Acad

Endorsement on Wm Peck’s letter. “The addition within applied for can be put up in 40 days, as per following estimate.

18 floor planks @.31$5.58
52 boards199.98
1700 Shingles5.128.70
40 ft. Pine35.1.40
1200 Laths2.2.40
8 lbs Lime1.199.52
22 joists & 9 Wall Sticks4.00
110 lbs. Cut Nails5.50
9 Qr. White Lead.63
labor—40 days @.156.00

Sills, posts, roofboards &c to be supplied from old lumber on hand

Sigd. R. S. Smith
Lt. 4th Art. Qr Mr.

“The house occupied by Lt. Beck is small & uncomfortable; the rooms in the 2nd story being smaller than those in the 1st. It stands out of position & is con-sidered too old & ill arranged to remove or rebuild. It is therefore in contemplation to replace it by a new building. Altho the cost (in money) of the proposed addition is but little, yet when added to the labour & material available, it will deduct so much from the means on hand, to make better & more permanent quarters—I cannot therefore recommend its construction[”]

Sigd. R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 53. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”