Robert E. Lee

J. Faison

US Mil: Academy West Point

22 Jany 1853

My dear Sir.

I duly recd. your letter of the 5th inst: in reference to your son Cadet Faison. & have only delayed replying to it until after the semi annual examination of Cadets which has just closed.
I had hoped he would have passed his examination with credit, & that I should have been able to have relieved your anxiety concerning him. But I regret to inform you that he has failed to do so, & that the report of the Academic Board in his case with others in the same situation, has been submitted to the Secy of War for his decision.

In the event of that decision being unfavorable to your son, I hope it will not discourage him in his future course of life, but may serve to stimulate him to greater exertion, & by showing him the necessity of diligent application & steady attention to whatever he undertakes, may tend to his ultimate welfare.

I cannot say what effect his health has had upon his mental exertion, but it does not seem to have caused his absence from duty, or to have prevented his attendance at the recitations of his class, and although he has not committed any serious offences, his conduct has not been marked by that attention to his duties necessary to the character of a Soldier.

His connection with the Academy, does not depend as you seem to suppose upon my will, but upon circumstances entirely beyond my control, & I regret that I can do nothing in his favor.

I remain Very resply Your obed ServSigned/ R. E. Lee Bvt: Col.
Supt Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 316. Addressed “Mr. J. Faison Esq Summerhill N.C.”