Robert E. Lee

J. Parkin Scott

U.S. Military Academy West Point.

11 June 1853.

My dear Sir.

I have recd. your letter of the 6th Inst: applying for a leave of absence for your son during the ensuing encampment. Upon refering to the authority granting him a furlough last year. I find it states, that it was done, with the understanding, as in the case of another Cadet, “that he was not to receive a furlough during the encampment of 1853.” Moreover the Regn. of the War Dept of the 13th May ’53 provides that “no Cadet shall be allowed but one leave of absence,” & I am sorry to say in addition, that your son having an amount of demerit exceeding 150 (161), would in any event have deprived me of the power of complying with your request.

I am happy to inform you that he has passed a very creditable examination in Mathematics & has risen in his class, & hope that you will be able to visit him this summer, & enjoy his company here.

I remain with great respect truly yours(Signed) R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 30. Addressed “J. Parkin Scott Esq. Baltimore. Md.”