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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

23 Jany. 1854

Genl,

Your letter of the 31st ulto: relative to a Planetarium, by Mr. H. Barlow; was rec’d in the midst of the semi-annual examination. That being finished, Prof. Bartlett will now be at liberty to examine the instrument at the Crystal Palace in New York at any time that may be appointed by Mr. Barlow. If then he will appoint the day & place, Prof. Bartlett will meet him at any hour he may designate after 11 A.M.

Should Mr. Barlow find it convenient to be in New York about the middle of this week, say Thursday or Friday, he will probably find Professor Bartlett at No. 38 Beech Street.

I remain Very resply. Yr. obt Srvt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col: Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 87–88. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”