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Robert E. Lee

Joseph Schwess

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

3rd Feby 1855

Sir.

I have recd your letter of the 16th Inst. & am sorry that you were unsuccessful in your proposed lectures. I endeavoured to prepare you for the result in the interview I had the honour to have with you; as I was aware of the difficulty of obtaining an audience on such occasion at the time; & am sorry for the loss of time & trouble to which you were subjected.

I hope you will give yourself no uneasiness about the payment of your bill at the Hotel. On sending there this morning to liquidate the account; the landlord, Mr. Roe, informed me that under the circumstances he had made no charge & that therefore Capt. Coppee is relieved from the obligation he kindly undertook in your behalf. Wishing you Sir, better success in your future endeavours.

I remain respy. Your obedt. Servt.Signed/ R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 186–87. Addressed “Prof. Joseph Schwess Mechanics Institute No. 1 Bowery New York.”