Robert E. Lee

J. Holbrook

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

18 Nov. 1852.


I have delayed replying to your letter of the 11th ulto:, under the daily expectation of recg from the War dept. the acceptance of the resignation of your son, therein enclosed. It has been just recd.
The commission of your son with the Academy, terminated on the 6th Sept: last; the date of the reception here, of the action of the Secty. of War on the report of the Academic Board in his case. The acceptance of his resignation, has merely changed into a more agreeable form I hope, the manner of that termination.
The address of Mr. Joseph Stevens, of whom you enquire is “Bangor, Maine.”

I am very resply. Yo. obed ServSigned/ R. E. Lee. Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 300. Addressed “Mr. J. Holbrook New York. sent to (Brooklyn Windham Co. Conn.).” The last part of the address was added in pencil.