Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

June 23rd, 1854


In forwd the accompg letter from Capt. Cullum, I will only state that the Qr.Mr. of the Post declines issuing Whitewash brushes to the Engineer Compy. on the ground that previous issues to the Arty. & Dragoon Detachments, on the requisition of Capt. Keyes, had been disallowed. These detachments can in my opinion be more properly considered a part of the Mily. Acady. than the Compy. of Sappers & Miners, quartered here, as any other Compy. of the Army, at other Military Posts. I do not think it proper to charge the appns. for the Mil. Acady. with necessary expenses, such as brushes for policing, blank books for Guard reports, usually defrayed out of other appns. for such purposes, without your knowledge & sanction.

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 113. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”