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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

US Mil: Academy West Point

2 Nov. 1853

Genl,

I have been informed by Mr. Alex. Valtemare that on the 29th Sept. he had addressed to the Honble Secty of War, the 16 last sheets of the great topogl maps of France for the Mil: Acady. the former numbers of which were presented in 1850. May I ask that when recd they be forwd. to the Acady.

As he at the same time has offered to the Academy some other works, & I wish in return to present in the name of the Mil: Acady such of our national publications, as may be of interest to some of the Institutions of his Country, I desire to procure copies of Schoolcrafts “Historical & Statistical infn. respecting the History, Condition &c of the Indian Tribes of the U.S.” “Stansbury’s exploration &c of the Valley of the great Salt Lake of Utah”, & “Omens “Report of a Geological survey of Wisconsin &c” which with some others may prove an acceptable interchange. I therefore respectfully request your aid to procure from the proper Dept. copies of these works, should this step meet with your approbation.

I have the honor to be Very resply your obt Servt.Sigd./ R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt: Mil: Acady.

PS. A new Catalogue of the books in the Library of the US Mil: Acady will be forwd. to the Dept:

Sigd./ REL

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 66. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington D.C.”