U. S. Ship Levant
Pensacola Bay 9th April 1841
It gives me great pleasure to state that your conduct whilst on board of this ship merited & received the approbation of all the officers (myself in particular) attached to her in your talents and strict attention to duty gave promise of future usefulness and high standing in your profession such as I hope to see realized in you.
Wishing you better health and every success I am Sir.
Yr. Obt. Ser
S. S. Lee
I have never known an officer to perform his duty with more cheerfulness, zeal or ability, and I can conscientiously say that as an officer, and as a gentleman his character is not only above reproach but his merits entitle him to the highest considerations that can be given to an officer of his rank.
To Midn. J. C. Howell
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 3, M2009.198, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 November 23