Robert E. Lee

W. Palmer

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

31 Jany. 1853


I have recd. your letter of the 26th Inst. in relation to your son Cadet Palmer. I am happy to inform you that he is very well & in the daily performance of his duty. The Semi Annual Examination, which recently terminated, may so much have engrossed his time as to have prevented his writing. He has promised however to write by this mail.

I regret to inform you that he has fallen in his studies at the recent examination, which I fear has proceeded from a want of attention. I hope you will urge him to be more diligent, that he may if possible recover his last standing.

Very resply. Yr. obedt ServtSigned) R. E. Lee Bvt Col.
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 321. Addressed “W. Palmer Esq Pittsburgh. Penna.”