Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

June 8, 1854


All the members of the Board of Visitors having arrived with the exception of Judge Samuel Prentiss from Vermont—the cost of their visit will amt. to $3054.40 leaving the sum of $221.48 available to defray their expenses while here—should Judge Prentiss arrive this amount will be further reduced by $47.30.

Am I to understand by the Dept’s letter of the 1st ulto. that the deficiency is to be paid out of the appropriation for the next fiscal year, which will be available on July 1st? and that an amount will be asked for at next session of Congress to meet the deficiency?

If authorised, I can defer the payment of their Board bill until after July 1st when the exact amount of deficiency will be ascertained & the sum submitted to me.

If practicable, I would prefer your Instructions as to what is meant by the term “Board & Lodging” in the law, and what is considered a fair allowance for the daily expenses.

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. 109–10. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”