Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

June 21, 1854


I have the honour to enclose herewith an account presented to me this morning for Board &c. of the Board of Visitors, amounting to $1045. Under the instructions contained in the Dept’s letter of the 14th Inst, I do not feel authorized to pay it before submitting it for your approval.

The regular board per day at the Ordinary is $2.50. Last year the whole cost of board, including separate Table, room lights &c averaged at $3.50 per day in consequence of the high price of every thing, and was the highest rate ever paid to my knowledge.

All the members of the Board have left West Point & I have no means of communicating with them. You will however observe that the account is certified by the Hon. Sherrard Clemens, Secretary of the Board.

I am very respectfully Your obedt. Servt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 111–12. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”