Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

US Mil: Academy West Point

20 Jany. 1853


I have the honor to hand you the Merit Rolls of the Cadets of the U.S. Mil: Acady. determined at the Semi Annual Exn. in Jany. 1853.

The Cadets found deficient in Certain branches of their course & not recd. to the Secy of War for discharge have by their attention & conduct, induced the belief in the minds of the Acadc Board, that they will be able eventually to succeed if more time is allowed them.

In obedience to the requirement of par: 69 Acadc. Regulations Cadet Henry Clay, has been declared “deficient in Conduct”, & without having committed any grave offence, has by inattention, incurred the penalty of violating the regulations.

I feel that regret that must be common to every American, that the Grandson of Henry Clay should be dismissed from the National Acady of his country, & in consideration of the name of his Gnd father & the devotion of the life of his father on the battlefield, resply recommend that he be allowed to resign.

I am very resply. Your obedt Serv(Signed) R.E. Lee. Bvt: Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 315. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC.”