Robert E. Lee

Charles King

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

Dec. 13 1853

Dear Sir

Dr. I. I. Reynolds, U.S. Army & Asst. Prof. of Natl & Expl Philosophy at the Mil. Acady., desires to become a candidate for the Professorship of Philosophy in Columbia College; in the event of this branch of studies being separated from the course of Chemistry, which it is understood is under contemplation.

Dr. Reynolds graduated at this Institution in June 1843, & returned to the Acady in Aug ’46 as one of the Instructors in Ethics. He was assigned the following year to the Dept. of Math & Expl Philosophy, & in Aug ’49 was made the 1st Ast. Prof. in that branch. He has held this position ever since with much credit to himself & great satisfaction to the Prof. of Philosophy. Possessing an intimate knowledge of his course & experience in its instruction; he has exhibited patience, perseverance, & judgement in the discharge of his duties & acquired the esteem & confidence of all connected with the Academy.

I remain with great respect Your Obt. 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. 77. Addressed “Honorable Charles King S.S. D. Pres. of Columbia College New York.”