U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY. 6. Oct. 1852
I have recd. your letter of the 1st Inst: requesting that your son may be allowed permission to attend the Methodist Episcopal Church nearest the Point. There is no objection to your son’s being placed on the same footing with other Cadets, who on Sunday afternoons attend the Service of the Episcopal Church, & I have so informed him. This Church is at such a distance as not to interfere with their other duties, & is usually attended by Officers of the Academy. But the Methodist Episcopal Church, though not a great way more distant, is situated in the village of Buttermilk Falls, where it is not considered advisable for the Cadets to visit; being beyond the influence of their Officers, & where there are temptations to violate the Regulations. You will perceive therefore the impropriety of making such a privilege general, for if given to one it must be granted to all. Should you however desire the attendance of your son on any particular occasion or for any special purpose, it will give me pleasure if not incompatible with his duties, to grant him permission.
I am very respectfully Your obedt Servt.
R E Lee. Bvt: Col: Supt: Mil: Academy
Source: Superintendent's Daily Correspondence United States Military Academy, Superintendent's Letter Book No. 2, p. 291. Addressed “Mr. J. R. Torbert Georgetown. Sussex Co: Del:”
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