Robert E. Lee

Alpheus Frank

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

21 June 1853

Dear Sir.

I have just been informed by the Surgeon of the Post, that your son Cadet Frank, who has been sick in Hospital since the 10th Inst: has exhibited some alarming symptoms, & that he apprehends congestion of the brain.

I have thought proper to give you the earliest intelligence of the condition of your son, & the apprehensions of the Surgeon; & while assuring you that every thing will be done for him, that is in our power to do, to hope that his disease may have a favourable termination & that he may soon recover. He has been labouring under the effects of fever, which was supposed to be of a typhoid character

I remain Sir, very resply your obedt. 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. 33. Addressed “Alpheus Frank Esq. Gray. Cumberland Co. Maine”