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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

US Mil: Acady West Point

10 May 1853.

Genl:

I have recd. the application of the Honble. A. P. Hascall, for a leave of absence of from four to six weeks for his son Cadet Hascall, referred to me for a report on the 7th Inst:

Cadet Hascall will commence this encampment with his class to receive practical instruction in Arty. & the study of Infty. Tactics, which would be materially interrupted by a leave of absence. He would also be prevented from bearing his share of Camp duty, which in consequence of the graduation of one class & the regular furlough of another, falls heavily upon his comrades, until the new Cadets are sufficiently instructed to take part. He will have with his class, the privilege of going on furlough the encampment after the next. In addition to the disadvantage to himself, it would be unjust to the rest of the Corps to grant him an indulgence equally desirable to them all & retain them to do his duty.

I regret therefore I cannot recommend that the application be granted.

The letter of Mr Hascall is returned &

I Remain 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, p. 25. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”