Robert E. Lee

Mrs. Bursley

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

30 Augt. 1853.

Mrs. Bursley

I did not have the pleasure of recg your letter of the 18th Inst: till my return here Saturday, but I feel less concern at its late acknowledgement, as your request had been anticipated before it arrived, & a leave of absence granted to your son for the purpose desired. I hope therefore your object has been accomplished, & that he as well as his aged Gndfather, had ample opportunity of enjoying each others society, even for their short meeting.

I know it will be a gratification to him, as well as yourself, to learn the high estimation in which your son is held at he Acady. & that although in compliance with the Regns he had been deprived of his furlough during the encampment, his conduct has been at no time discreditable, or affecting his character.

He returned to his post at the proper time, & has resumed his duty; & for his attentention to duty & good conduct during the Encampment has recd one of the highest Military Appointments in his class.

I remain Your obedt. Servt.Sigd./ R E Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 48.

Lee enclosed this letter in his to S. B. Phinney of 30 August 1853.