As the surviving Parent of Robert E. Lee I consent to his signing articles, binding himself to serve as a Cadet five years, to be commuted from the time of his joining the Military Academy.
Ann H. Lee
I hereby accept the appointment to the station of a Cadet in the service of the United States, with which I have been hoonoured by the President.
The above is the declaration of consent which my letter of appointment instructs me should accompany my acceptance.
I remain with the highest respect, Sir
your most obliged & most obedient Servant
Alexa. April 1st 1824 R. E. Lee
The Honble J. C. Calhoun
Source: National Archives, Copy on file at Stratford Hall
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 7