Robert E. Lee

M. L. Montague

West Point

28 February 1853.

My dear Sir.

I have recd. your letter of the 23d Inst: in reference to your joining the present 4th class at the Academy next June. I really do not see how it can be accomplished. So far as I know there is no precedent for such a course, & it is contrary to the regulations of the Academy. The Academic board could not therefore recommend it, or with propriety make any other suggestions to the Secty. of War than that already contained in their official report.

I am unable therefore to give you any aid, or to hold out any expectation of a different report from the Board, than that they have submitted.

I remain with much consideration Very truly yours.(Signed) R. E. Lee.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 5. Addressed “Mr. M. L. Montague Washington City DC.”