Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

24 May 1853.


In reply to the letter of the Honble Daniel Mace, asking an extension of the sick leave granted to his nephew Cadet O. [E.] M. Crumpton, referred to me on the 21st Inst: for a report, I have the honour to state that upon consultation with the Surgeon of the Post, he thinks that provided Cadet C. is not entirely restored, it might be more prudent for him to defer returning to the Academy until after the encampment; He having been afflicted with rheumatism. That at that time he should be examined by a Medical Board, previous to his joining the then 4th class, for the purpose of ascertaining his fitness for service.

Concurring in these views, & as I think it probable that a Medical Board will as usual have to be assembled here the latter part of August, his leave of absence might under these conditions if you thought proper be extended to the 28th Augt. But should there be any objections to this course which does not occur to me, I enclose extracts from the Regns. of the Acady. which will show him what course to pursue, in the event of his health not allowing him to return at the expiration of his present leave.

The letter of the Honble. Danl Mace 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. 28. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”