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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

8 July 1854

Genl,

Your letter of the 5th Inst. in reference to the introduction of a fifth year with the course of studies of the Military Academy, was recd. yesterday. I assembled this morning all the members of the Acad. Board within reach, for the purpose of submitting the subject for their consideration, & the earliest preparation of the required programmes. The Prof. of Engr. & Mathematics, & Chemistry are absent from the Point & after making provision for the study & investigation of the subject, the board adjourned to the 24th Inst. The earliest period it was supposed that it could be discussed with a full Board, or with a prospect of the presence of the absent members.

I remain Sir, 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, p. 120. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”