Robert E. Lee

William Batcheler

U.S. Mil. Acady West Point.

20 June 1853


I have received with much regret the intelligence communicated in your letter of the 18th Inst: concerning the critical condition of the brother of Cadet Orlando M. Poe.

I am aware that his presence at this time would be a great comfort to his widowed mother as well as a satisfaction to himself, & I assure you it would afford me much pleasure to be able to comply with your request to grant him a leave of absence. He is just about to commence with his class, to receive instruction in Infty. Tactics & Practical Arty. & his absence from the Academy at this time would be an injury to him, without being a benefit to his brother. I hope that the malady of the latter may yet have a favorable termination, & that he may still be spared to his afflicted mother. But should this hope be disappointed, her son Cadet Poe will have an opportunity to visit her next summer during the two months of the Encampment of the Cadets, when he will have more time & be better able to assist her in the arrangements of the affairs of the family, which I trust in the meantime may be better arranged by her friends than himself.

With much Consideration I remain Your obedt ServtSigned/ R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 33. Addressed “Wm Batcheler Esq. Clarkes-Coshocton Co Ohio”