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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point.

11 May 1853.

Genl:

In answer to the application of Mrs. R. Cunningham, for a leave of absence for her son, during the next encampment, referred to me on the 5th Inst: for a report: I have the honour to state, that Cadet Cunningham was found deficient in Mathematics at the Examination in June 1852. & turned back to go over his course with the class then admitted. He has consequently served during two encampments, but has not recd. the instruction in Infty. Tactics which will be given to his present class, the 4th, this encampment. He will be entitled to a furlough with his class, the encampment after the next, & I should recommend for his sake that he should receive it then, rather than at the next. Still if there are considerations sufficient to outweigh this advantage, & to make it more desirable that he should have his furlough at the next encampment, instead of the succeeding, a similar indulgence was granted to Cadet Scott, & might be, if the Secty thought fit, extended this year to Cadet Cunningham. It should however in my opinion be only granted on the condition that he relinquishes his furlough with his present class.

There are others in the same situation who may probably make similar applications. The letter of Mrs. Cunningham is returned.

I am 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. 26. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”