Robert E. Lee

B. O’Conner

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

17 Dec. 1852.


I have recd. your letter of the 4th Inst: stating that you desire that your son Edgar O’Connor should attend the service of the Episcopal church, & requesting permission for him to do so.

It will give me pleasure to place him on the same footing with other Cadets who on Sunday afternoon, when not incompatable with their duty, attend the Episcopal church about 1¼ miles below this place, & he could have obtained this privilege at any time upon his simple application.

Cadets and Officers are required to attend Divine Service at the Chapel, Sunday morng. Except in cases where being members of certain churches, they entertain conscientious scruples at attending the worship of a different denomination. The present Chaplain belongs to the Presbyterian church, & the service of the Chapel is conducted according to the forms of that church. But I think there is little danger of the feelings on principles of other sects being violated, or that the moral & religious culture of the Cadets will suffer more by their attendance there than in the prosecution of their studies in Ethics & Moral Philosophy, of which the Chaplain is the Professor. I hope therefore you will not be uneasy as regards your son.

I am very respectfully Yr 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. 306. Addressed “B. O’Connor Esq. Port Washington. Wis.”