Robert E. Lee

Stephen Lee

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point

30. Augt. 1853

Dear Sir.

I found on my arrival here Saturday, your letter of the 8th Inst: enclosing a draft on New York for $10. which you desire may be given to your son.

The Regns prohibiting Cadets from recg money from their friends, also forbids my furnishing them any, or with supplies of any nature. The object of the Regn. is not only to save them from temptation to injurious indulgence & violation of the rules of the Acady., but to teach them that economy which they will be obliged to practice on entering the Army, & to place all Cadets on an equality.

As I find, however, that your son at the last settlement of his accounts, was $11.61 in debt, I shall feel justified as has been done in other instances, to request authority from the Secy. of War to place the sum you have sent transmitted to his credit on the books of the Treasurer of the Mily. Acady. which I have every reason to believe will be granted. If it is not I will be compelled to return you the draft.

It gives me great pleasure to assure you of the wellbeing of your son, & of the high estimation in which he is held at the Acady. There is none in his class more highly estimated for conduct, deportment & acquirement than himself, & he gives every promise of being an ornament to his family & an honour to the Institution. I congratulate you very sincerely on his high standing.

I remain resply YoursSigd./ R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 48. Addressed “Stephen Lee Esq Buncombe N.C.”