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Robert E. Lee

W. H. C. Bartlett

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

Feby 24, 1854

Sir.

In accordance with the tenor of the letter from the Engineer Department under date of the 31st December 1853, you will proceed to the City of New York for the purpose of meeting Mr. Thos. H. Barlow, and making examination of a Planetarium invented by him—On completion of which business you will return to this Post, and make a report thereon.

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, p. 93. Addressed “Prof. W. H. C. Bartlett West Point”