U.S. Military Academy West Point. N.Y. 7 Oct: 1852
Cadet Rodman P. Lewis, whose departure from the Point on the 5th Inst: I reported to you yesterday, has this morning returned. He states that feeling discouraged at his progress & standing in his studies & not wishing to ask permission to resign he determined to leave the Academy; but on reaching New York, his friends had persuaded him to return. He is in the lowest section of his class in Mathematics (7th) & his recitation marks for the last week were 3.8 the maximum being 12. In English Studies he is in the 5th Section. His general conduct has been good, amount of demerit since the beginning of the Academic year is 37.
I have felt it my duty to place him in arrest; his offence being clear & evident, & the punishment provided in par: 124 of the Regns. of the Academy so distinct. I do not think it necessary to ask for a Court Martial for his trial, but leave his case for the decision of the Secy of War. I know of no mitigation of his offense, but his youth & return to the Academy.
I am Very Respectfully Your obedt. Servt
R. E. Lee. Br. Col: Supt: Mil: Academy
Source: Superintendent's Daily Correspondence United States Military Academy, Superintendent's Letter Book No. 2, p. 292. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington D.C.”
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