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Robert E. Lee

Anne M. Whistler

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point

26 May 1853.

Madam.

I regret to inform you, that your son Cadet Jas. A. Whistler is quite sick. He was taken this day week with an attack of rheumatism, & went into Hospital, where he has remained ever since, under the treatment of the Surgeon. He does not suffer much pain, but his attack does not seem to yield to remedies, & the surgeon has this morning informed me that the he fears his lungs are seriously involved.

Although I knew it would be painful news to communicate to you on your return to the country, still I thought it right that you should know the apprehensions of the Surgeon, & thus have the opportunity of doing all that was possible, for the present comfort & future benefit of your son.

You may be assured that he will receive every attention & treatment in our power to bestow.

I remain Madam—Yr Obt 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. 29. Addressed “Mrs. Anne M. Whistler Brooklyn N.Y.”