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Robert E. Lee

George Dutton

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point N.Y.

19 Oct. 1854

Captain—

I find it necessary to procure another lithographer, & in an advertisement for that purpose have taken the liberty to appoint 10 o’clock Tuesday 24th for persons to call at the Engineer Agency for information. To save you as much trouble as possible, I will send down one present Lithographer to answer their calls, & have now to ask your permission to allow him to be at your office at the time specified to give the necessary information &c. to such individuals as may offer.

Hoping that this will meet with your approval.

I remain 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. 144. Addressed “Captain Geo. Dutton Engineer Agency New York”