Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

26 March 1853.


I have recd. the letter of the Honble. Geo. W. Jones: transmitting an application from Judge J. Bayard for a leave of absence of two weeks for his son, Cadet G. D. Bayard, immediately after the next June examination; referred to me on the 22nd. Inst:.

You are aware that the Cadets go into camp at that time, & that the graduation of one class, & the regular furlough of another, devolves the whole Camp duty upon the members of the 3rd classes, until the 4th, then just admitted, becomes sufficiently instructed to bear a portion of the burden.

Cadet Bayard will have just then commenced the 3rd class course, & will not be entitled to a furlough until the encampment after the next, when he will have the same indulgence granted to the rest of his class. I think it would be unjust to his class & the rest of his Corps, to grant him leave of absence, equally desirable to them all, & retain them to perform his share of Camp duty.

Cadet Bayard will besides commence at that time with his class, practical instruction of Arty. tactics, & continue the practice of Infty Tactics.

I regret therefore that the general interests of the Corps & a regard for his own instruction, obliges me to recommend that a leave of absence be not granted him, until it can be accorded to the rest of his class.

The letter of the Honble. Geo. W. Jones, with its enclosure, is herewith returned.

I have the honour to be your very Obt. 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. 14–15. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”