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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

29 Aug. 1854

General.

I have just been informed by the Professor of Chemistry, that the edition of Kane’s Chemistry, the present text book in that course, was destroyed in the fire of Harpers buildings & that he fears it is impossible to procure a sufficient number of copies for the use of the present 2nd class. Should that be the case, to save time I have to request authority to substitute for the present, Silliman’s Chemistry, or such other work as may be recommended by the Academic Board, which will be assembled for the purpose of making a selection.

I have the honour to be 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. 132. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”