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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

4 Sept. 1854

General.

In reply to your letter of the 28th Ulto. I have the honour to state, that the forage for the horses attached to the Engineer Compy is supplied by the Qr Mrs Dept: in the same way as for the oxen at the post employed by that Dept.

Should any funds be required for the next fiscal year by the Dept. of Practical Engrs it will be embraced in the annual estimate.

I am very respectfully Yr. Obt. 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.”