Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

17 Dec. 1852.


In compliance with the direction of the Secty of War contained in your letter of the 14th Inst: leave of absence has been granted to Cadet Cornelius VanCamp from Saturday the 18th. to the 28th Inst.

An application to this effect had been previously made to me by the father of Cadet VanCamp, which for the reason assigned in my reply, a copy of which is enclosed, I felt compelled to decline.

I am very resply your obt ServtSigned/ R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 306. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”