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