Robert E. Lee

Samuel C. Major

U.S. Military Academy West Point NY.

Nov 3. 1852.


I have recd. your letter of the 16th ulto, asking permission for your son, Cadet James P. Major, to go to Newburgh on business for you.

You are probably aware that it is important that your son should devote himself closely to his studies at this time. & that the loss of a single recitation may injuriously affect his standing in his class at the approaching January Examination; which might be felt during the remainder of his term. If however the business in question is of such a nature that it cannot be transacted by letter & only by him; I will grant him a leave of absence to go to Newburgh for the purpose; but I would recommend that if practicable it should be accomplished in some other way.

I am very respectfully. Your obedt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee. Bvt: Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 297. Addressed “Saml. C. Major Esq Fayette. Mo.”