Genl Jos. G. Totten

      Chief Engineer

Washington City D. C.


  U. S. Mil: Academy

   West Point 1 Sept 1852



I have the honour to report, that in obedience to the Instructions of the Secy of War, communicated in your letter of the 27th of May, I have this day relieved Captain Brewerton of the Superintendency of the Military Academy, & the Command of the Post of West Point


I am very respy your obtservt


R E Lee BtCol

Supt. Mil: Academy



On the reverse:

Mil Acady



West Point Sept 1, 1852


BtCol R E Lee

In obedience to instructions of 17 May 1852 relieved Capt Brewerton of the Superintendence of the Mil Acady  on the 1st Sep 1852