U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

Oct. 2. 1852

Sir:

In answer to your letter of the 30th ulto. stating that the father of Cadet Stevens had complained that his son had not received the usual certificate granted to Cadets who leave on account of deficiency, I beg leave to state that the decision of the Secy. of War in the cases of Cadets Stevens and Holbrook, as communicated in your letter of the 4th. Sept: was that they be “dismissed the service”

I do not find any instance, since the commencement of the practice, in 1845, of granting the certificate in question but to those Cadets who resign, or who are discharged, with the privilege of resigning. If the Secy. intended to give these young gentlemen this privilege, upon the reception of their resignations the usual certificates will be forwarded to them.

From the term used in the order of the Secy. above quoted, it was understood that this privilege had been withheld from them, the recommendation to that effect of the Eng. Dept. Of 25th of June, not having been approved.

I am very respectfully your obedt. Servt.(signed) R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 289. Addressed “Genl. Jos. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington D.C.”