Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

August 1st, 1854


I have the honour to return herewith the letter of the Honble. Henry Bennett addressed to the Secy of War & referred to me on the 31st Ulto. And for the information of the Dept. enclose a copy of my letter to Mr. Bennett in reply thereto.

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, p. 128. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”