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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



U.S. Military Academy West Point. 6 Oct. 1852



I have recd. your application for a leave of absence for your son. & in consideration of the state of Mrs. Gracie’s health, have concluded to comply with your request. I could not with propriety grant such an indulgence on the occasion of the wedding to take place in your family, as I must accord the same privilege to all others under like circumstances; but in the hope that his visit will afford relief as well as gratification to his mother, & make him the more diligent in his studies & attentive to his duties, he will receive leave of absence from 6. a.m. on the 7th till 8 P.M. on the 10th.

I am very respy. Your obedt. Servt.


R E Lee Br. Col: Supt: Mil: Acady



Source: Superintendent's Daily Correspondence United States Military Academy, Superintendent's Letter Book No. 2, pp. 290–91. Addressed “Archibald Gracie Esq Elizabethtown N.J.”


Uploaded by Colin Woodward, 2015 December 23

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