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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

Aug. 22nd, 1854

General.

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of the Hon. Secy. of War’s letter of the 19th Inst. with accompanying papers, relating to the new programme for five years Course of Studies at the Military Academy, all of which, as requested, will be informally brought to the attention of the Academic Board as soon as its members (many of whom are now absent from West Point) return to this post.

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. 130. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”