Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

14 June 1853.


I have recd. the application of Mr. Jas. H. Forsyth, for a leave of absence for his son, Cadet Forsyth, during the ensuing encampment, referred to me on the 11th Inst: for a report.

Cadet Forsyth was turned back at the last June examination to go over his 4th class course. He has consequently served through two encampments, but has not recd. the instruction in Infty. Tactics which will be given his present class this encampment. He will be entitled to receive with his class a leave of absence during the encampment of 1854, & I should recommend for his sake, that his visit to his father be deferred till that time.

Although fully aware of the gratification he would derive from this visit, I know nothing that entitles him to such an indulgence over his class, who would have to bear his share of Camp duty, & be deprived of a similar enjoyment.

I regret therefore I cannot recommend the application of Mr. Forsyth for favorable consideration, which is herewith returned.

I have the honour to be Your obedt Servt.(Signed) R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt. Mily. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 32. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”