Robert E. Lee

Ira M. Harrison
J. C. Johnson
John B. Campfield

West Point

22 Dec. 1852

I regret that I am unable to comply with your request of the 18th Inst: for permission for Cadet T. W. Walker to visit his relatives in Newark from the 24th to the 28th Decr.

It is very important to the Cadets at this time, not to be interrupted in their preparation for the approaching Jany Examination, & the standing of Cadet Walker during his whole term, may depend upon the manner, in which he passes this examination. I could only relax the regulations of the Academy when a Cadet could spend Christmas day at his home, without neglecting any of his studies

I am very resply Gentn. Your obedt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee Br Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 307. Addressed “Mr. M. Harrison J. C. Johnson & John B. Campfield Newark. N.J.”