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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

25 October 1853

General.

I have recd. your letter of the 29th Inst. & in compliance with your instructions will return to the Treasury, the balance of funds in my hands on Acct. of “Contingencies of Fortifications” & “Mexican Hostilities,” as soon as I can find an opportunity to communicate in person or by some friend with the asst. Treasurer at New York.

I have desired to have my accounts under these appns. closed at the Treasury that I might be relieved from the charge of these funds without success. The former I presume will not lapse to the surplus fund, though it has been in my hands for nearly five years, but the latter will; and as it may still be of use to the Department, I would suggest the propriety of turning it over to Capt G. W. Cullum, who also has some appn. in his hands & which might with propriety be applied to restoring the Pontoon train, &c, used in the service, to its original state. It will at all events, not add much to his present responsibility

I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Your obdt. Servant(Signed) R. E. Lee Bvt Col
Supt Mil Academy

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 63–64. Addressed “Genl J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”