U.S. Military Academy West Point

6. Oct: 1852.


I have to report that Cadet Rodman P. Lewis, appointed from California, has been absent from all Roll Calls since yesterday at 7. a.m. & has not since then been heard of. In a note to his roommate Cadet John Bennett of Ohio, found in his room last night, he stated his intention of leaving the Institution. No cause is known for his departure, except the Statement of his roommate, that he became discouraged at his progress in his studies & did not think he could get permission to resign. I understand that his father is in California & have written to his guardian Rodman M. Price, but not knowing his present address, take the liberty to enclose it to you, with the request that you will cause it to be given the proper direction

I am Very resply Sir. Your obedt ServtSigned/ R. E. Lee Bvt Col.
Supt: Mily Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 291. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC.”