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Robert E. Lee

Edward Knisely

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

26 Feby. 1853

Sir.

It has been reported to me that on the afternoon of Wednesday last, a little after 4 O’Clock, one of your pupils whose name is Cooper, was seen to bring from Mr. Clark’s store a quantity of tobacco, about a dozen papers, & give them to some Cadets who were standing near the shoemakers shop.

I feel convinced such acts do not meet with your approval, & perhaps this was done by the young gentleman in question, without knowing he was violating the regulations of the Academy, or considering the injury he was doing to the Cadets.

My object is therefore to bring it to your notice & to ask that you take such measures as you may judge best to prevent its repetition.

I am very resply 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. 3, pp. 4–5. Addressed “Mr. Edwd. Knisely West Point”