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Robert E. Lee

Daniel Goodenow

U. S. Military Academy West Point. NY.

13 June 1853

Sir.

It will give me much pleasure if possible, to comply with the wishes of the Bd. of Visitors, expressed in their Resolution of this date; that the diplomas to the Graduating Class be presented in the presence of the Board & Corps of Cadets on Thursday evg next.

It is expected to finish the examination of the class on Wednesday evg. The standing of the members in conduct & all the branches of their course at the Academy, will have to be considered with care, & their general, or graduating standing in their class, fixed by the Academic Board, before the diplomas can be made out. It is more than probable that this cannot be accomplished with the required care & accuracy in the limited time proposed for their presentation. But the class can be assembled as desired, & this occasion be considered as the formal delivery of the diplomas, which if ready can be presented.

If not they can be handed to them informally afterwards.

I remain with great respect. Your obedt ServtSigned/ R. E. Lee Bvt Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 30–31. Addressed “Honble Danl. Goodenow Presd. Bd. of Visitors, pro tempore