Robert E. Lee

S. G. French

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

5 Oct: 1853


I enclose a copy of a letter this day recd. from the Chief Engineer, containing the authority of the Qr Mr. Genl, for you to turn over to me such horses as I may require for the Mil: Acady.

I have therefore to request should you have ten good horses, sound, serviceable & kind, & suitable for the service of the Academy, that you will turn them over to me, & send them to the Qr. Mr. at New York, who will ship them to this place.

I have thought that you would know the best means of sending them to Phila., whence they could be conveyed by Canal to New York, & sent up to the Point by Steamboat, at a less cost to the Govt. than by any arrangement I could make, & I am willing to abide by your judgement & selection.

I hope therefore you will pardon the trouble I have imposed on you.

I am very respectfully. Your obt ServtSigd. R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 57. Addressed “Capt: S. G. French Qr Mr. U.S. Army Carlisle Pensa.”