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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady.

13 March 1854

Genl.

I have the honour to hand herewith the Report of Prof. Bartlett on the subject of your letter of the 10th Inst. The possession of one of Mr. Barlow’s Planetariums would in the opinion of the Profr. be useful & advantageous in the instruction of astronomy, & an interesting, though not indispensable addition to the Philosophical apparatus of the Acady. I would therefore respectfully recommend its purchase, provided it can be obtained without the sacrifice of other articles embraced in the regular estimates of the Acady.—which are considered of more importance to the course of instruction.

The cost of the planetarium as stated by Mr. B. is $2000.

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 97. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”