U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

Sept: 28. 1852.


I have recd. your application of the 24th inst: for a leave of absence for your son, for the purpose of bidding you farewell before your departure for Europe. Under the circumstances of the case I have concluded to grant it, but regret that I cannot extend it to the length you desire. It is very important to him at this period of his course that he should omit no part of it, & in the opinion of his particular Professor, whom I have consulted, every lesson he loses will be a disadvantage to him; I trust however for the sake of the pleasure he will receive & give, he will make the necessary effort to re-cover his ground.

He will leave here Friday next, 1st Oct in time to reach New York for the 5½ o’clock P.M. train—which will carry him to Scarsdale by 7. P.M. on condition that he returns here by 7. P.M. Monday 4th Oct. to enable him to prepare his lessons for tuesday recitation. This will enable him to spend the Sabbath with you as you desire, & I hope will answer all your purposes. It will be necessary for him to be in New York by 3 P.M. Monday to reach the Point by the required time.

I have the honor to be very respy Your obedt Servt
(Signed) R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, pp. 288–89. Addressed “Mrs. Anna M. Whistler Scarsdale. West Chester Co N.Y.”