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Robert E. Lee

R. S. Smith

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

Dec. 10, 1854

Sir.

You will proceed to the City of New York for the purpose of procuring specie for a Treasury Draft (specie being necessary for making payments to Enlisted Men on extra duty, Mechanics &c at this post, and not to be had at par in Exchange for drafts,) on completion of which business you will return to this post.

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. . Addressed “Lieut. R. S. Smith Q.M. U.S. Mil. Acady West Point N.Y.”