<br /> Lee Letter: n1

Washington and Lee University
Robert E. Lee

Richard Henry Lee

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point.

6 Sept: 1852.


It gives me great pain to inform you that your son Cadet Richd. H. Lee Jr. left his room last night about 10 P.M. with the intention, as avowed to his roommate, of leaving the Military Academy. Nothing is known of his intentions, except what he divulged to his roommate, Cadet Hunter, who endeavored to dissuade him from the act & to resign. He said that you objected to his resigning that he could never get along here & complained of the treatment he recd. from Cadets & Officers.

Should anything be heard of the course he has taken, I will write you again & in the meantime give you this early information that you may endeavor to afford him any relief in your power. He commenced his Academic duties with his class on the 1st Inst. & no cause is known for his departure beyond what he states. Cadet Hunter says he had some money that procured citizens clothes from those Cadets admitted 1st Inst: He left his trunk & told Cadet H. he would let him know where to send his letters.

I am very respectfully Your obedt. ServtSigned, R E Lee Bvt: Col:

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, pp. 284–85. Addressed “Richd. H. Lee Esq. Washington City, DC.”