Robert E. Lee

John Livingston

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

20 Oct. 1854

My dear Sir,

I have recd your letter calling my attention to the American Portrait Gallery & am very much obliged to you for your kind offer to place my name in its pages. I fear the little incidents of my life would add nothing to the interest of your work, nor would your readers be compensated for the trouble of their perusal. I must therefore gratefully decline your proposition; but being fully sensible of the value of the work, accept your offer of the 4 Vols. now published, which I propose to place in the library of the Acady, in the hopes that the memoirs of men, who have acquired distinction & usefulness; may have their effect upon the characters of the Cadets, & excite them to exertion & industry.

Please send the books to the “Sloop Intrepid” foot of Vestry Street, noon, Saturday: directed to the Quarter Master, Mily. Acady., whose check of this date for $10.00 to your order, on the Asst. Treasurer of the U.S. in New York, I enclose herewith, & receipt the accounts & return them by mail.

Very respfy. Your obedt. Servt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

P.S. I return the single part sent for my examination.

Signed/ R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 145. Addressed “Mr. John Livingston 157 Broadway New York.”