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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

16 May 1853

Genl.

The time is approaching when it will be necessary for me to know your decision in regard to the subject of my letter of the 1st Inst: viz: The propriety of extending to those Cadets who are admitted into the Academy the 1st of Sept: the usual furlough granted to the rest of their class.

Those in the present 3rd class will require some previous notice & preparation, to avail themselves of the indulgence if granted; & after the commencement of the examination, little time or attention can be devoted to them.

I should therefore be glad to learn the views of the Dept: if practicable before that time:

I have the honour to be. 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. 27. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”