Robert E. Lee

Charles M. Perry

West Point

13 May 1853.

My dear Sir.

I have just recd. your letter of the 9th Inst: & I regret very much to learn your necessitous condition. I wish it was in my power to afford you any aid in the attainment of an office, but if your own statement of your case, supported by the recommendations of those acquainted with the facts, have not sufficient weight to procure you a situation. I am very sure that nothing I could say would have any effect. I therefore hope that the merits of your case will prove sufficient, & that your application will meet with the success it deserves.

I remain with much consideration Your obedt Servt(Signed) R E Lee.
U.S. Military Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 26. Addressed “Chas. M. Perry Esq Washington City D.C.”