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Robert E. Lee

Mason Cleveland

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

31 March 1853:

Sir.

I reply to your note of the 28th Inst:, in reference to the instruction of your son, preparatory to his admission into the Mil: Academy, I have to state that I know of no arrangement that could be made for his tuition, prior to the time appointed for him to report at West Point, by any of the officers connected with the Institution.

There is a school near the Point, of which Mr Edwd. Kinsley is the Principal, where you could no doubt place him for instruction, & which I believe to be a very good one; but the subjects upon which he will be examined for admission, are so simple, that I should think they could be as well taught nearer home, as anywhere.

Of this however you can better judge. If he has the power of application & a serious determination to comply with the Regns. of the Acady, you need not be uneasy as to his success.

I remain very respectfully Your obedt Servt.Signed) R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady.

P.S. I have just learned that the usual vacation of one month in Mr. Kinsley’s school commenced yesterday.

Signed) REL

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 16. Addressed “Mason Cleveland Esq Hampton. Conn:”