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Robert E. Lee

Henry A. DuBois

U.S. Military Acady West Point

9 Feby 1853.

Sir.

I have recd. your letter of the 7th Inst: & regret that I can not with propriety, grant the leave of absence to your son you desire, to attend a wedding in your family on the 17th.

I have been obliged to refuse many similar applications; for what is granted to one must be given to all; & you can readily see the serious interruption that would take place to their studies & duties. The whole time of the Cadets is necessary to master their courses at the Academy, & any withdrawal of their attention affects them injuriously.

You have no doubt recd. the result of the recent Examination in the case of your son, & have seen that he has fallen in Mathematics from 5th to 16th. I think it is more to his advantage to have every opportunity to regain the high standing in his class, he held last June, than to enjoy the gaities of the wedding. He will have many occasions for the latter I hope in after life.

I remain With much respectI remain With much respectSigned/ R. E. Lee Bvt Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 322. Addressed “Henry A. DuBois Esq. Livingston. NY.”