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Robert E. Lee

William Prather

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

1 Feby. 1853

Sir.

It is with much regret that I have to inform you, that Cadet Henry Clay having recd. over 200 demerit (289), was in compliance with the regns of the Mil Acady declared “deficient in conduct” by the Academic board, at the recent Semi Annual examination of Cadets.

The Secty. of War in approving the resolution of the board, has extended to him the privilege of resigning. & his resignation was forwarded to Washington yesterday.

He can in the meantime proceed to his friends, & leaves the Acady this morg for Louisville. He has recd. the sum of $136.47, being the amount found to be due him on the settlement of his accounts, together with the customary traveling allowance to his residence at Lexington.

It would have been a source of much pleasure to me personally, & to the Officers of the Acady, had he continued at the Institution, & graduated with the distinction he could easily have attained; & which might have been expected from his name & talents; but he has latterly from some cause appeared to have lost all interest in his duties, & I understand has for several months wished to retire from the Acady.

I am very resply. Your obedt Servt(Signed) 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 “Wm Prather Esq Louisville. Ky.”