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Robert E. Lee

J. W. Canfield

U.S. Military Academy West Point. N.Y.

July 6. 1853.

Sir.

Your note of the 2nd. Inst: addressed to Col: Lee, asking a leave of absence for your son, is at hand.

Cadet Canfield has just commenced with his class to receive practical instruction in Artillery & the study of Infantry Tactics—to interfere with which would be a disadvantage to him—besides which such leaves are unusual & not authorized by Regulations. It would give me great pleasure to grant this privilege, which no doubt would be as gratifying to him, as pleasant to you, could I with propriety do so.

I am however compelled to decline granting the leave asked.

I am very respectfully Your obedt ServtSigned / Geo. W.Cullum
Capt. U.S. Engineers
Supt. Mil. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 38. Addressed “J. W. Canfield Esq Morristown N.J.”

George W. Cullum signed this letter on behalf of Lee.