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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

7. Dec. 1852

Genl:

In compliance with the direction of the Secty. of War, conveyed in your letter of the 3rd inst: leave of absence till the 30th of June next, has been granted to Cadet S. Stanhope Swann, when he will be attached to the then incoming [in pencil] 4th class.

It may be proper for me to state that on the 25th of Oct: last, I recd an application from the father of Cadet Swann, asking that a sick leave might be granted him for the benefit of his health, until next spring. The application was refered to the Surgeon of the Post, who reported against it, on the ground that he considered the disease of Cadet Swann “an unsuperable objection to his remaining in the Academy.” I was compelled therefore to deny his request.

That you may more fully understand this case, I transmit herewith a copy of a special report of the Medical Board upon his admission, from which you will see the tenure of his admission appointment.

I am Sir. Very respectfully, Your obt Servt(Signed) R E Lee Br. Col
Supt. Mily. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 302. Addressed “Genl. Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC.”