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Robert E. Lee

J. C. VanCamp

U.S. Military Academy West Point.

14 Dec. 1852.

Sir.

I regret that I am unable to comply with your request for a leave of absence for your son. Although aware of the gratification it would afford him to be present at his sisters marriage, & willing to grant an indulgence which his conduct & standing might merit, yet this is not an occasion, when I could with propriety relax the regulations of the Academy.

The Cadets are placed here for a particular object & if the indulgence in question is granted to one, it must be extended to all. You therefore see it would materially interfere with their course of studies & instruction. Their presence at this time, to prepare for the approaching Jany. examination, is particularly important to them, & it may be of more advantage to your son, to maintain his present high standing in his class, than to enjoy the gaities of the wedding. He will have other opportunities I hope to participate in these hereafter.

I am respecy. your obedt Servt(Signed) R E Lee Bvt: Col.
Supt: Mily. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 305. Addressed “J. C. VanCamp Esq Lancaster, Pensa.”