<br /> Lee Letter: n1

Washington and Lee University
Robert E. Lee

Archibald Gracie

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, pp. 290–91. Addressed “Archibald Gracie Esq Elizabethtown N.J.”