Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady.

May 1, 1854


The following remark has been made on the examination of Lt. R. S. Smith’s accts. for 1st Qtr 1854 in the office of the Q.M. Genl. & transmitted to him.

“Vou: 11.B. Prof: W.W.G. Bartlett, transport: Acct. $10.60.
“Inadmissible as a charge against the Q.M. Dept.”

The order to Prof. Bartlett (a copy herewith) was given to him in accordance with the tenor of the Dept’s letter of Dec. 21, 1863 to proceed to the City of New York, for the purpose of examining Mr. Barlow’s planetarium; & I considered the journey a proper charge against the Q.M. Dept; & according to precedents, as follows: Prof. Mahan visited Washington under orders in July 1847, and New York in October of the same year; and Prof. Bailey went under orders to Washington ( a copy of the order is herewith attached) in August 1848, on business relating to his Dept. These journeys were charged to & paid by the Q.M. Dept. and the accounts passed as correct.

I have the honour to be 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. 103. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”