Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

4 Sept., 1854


I have the honour to inform you, that it will be unnecessary to use the authority conveyed in your letter of the 3rd ulto, as requested in mind of the 29th, to substitute Silliman’s Chemistry, in place of the present text book (Kane’s) on that subject; a sufficient number of the latter having been procured for the present 2nd Class in time for the commencement of the course on the 1st Inst.

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