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Robert E. Lee

Cornelius L. King

U.S. Military Academy West Point

6 April 1853.

Sir

Your request of the 4th Inst: for a leave of absence for your cousin, Cadet Gracie, to attend your wedding on the 28th Inst. has this day been recd. It would give me great pleasure to extend to him this priviledge, which I know would be as gratifying to him as pleasing to you; but I have been obliged to refuse so many similar applications, with even stronger claims to indulgence, that I could not with propriety grant this.

If given to one it must be accorded to all, which would seriously interfere with the duties of the Cadets, & the object of the Institution

I regret therefore to be unable to comply with your request.

I remain with great respect 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, p. 19. Addressed “Cornelius L. King Esq Columbia College New York”