Robert E. Lee

Anna M. Whistler

US Mil: Academy West Point

31 Augt. 1853

I take pleasure in informing you that your son Cadet Jas M. Whistler having reported for duty on the 28th Inst: agreeably to the orders granting him a leave of absence for the benefit of his health, & having expressed his readiness to be examined in his course of last year, was this day brought before the Academic Board & has passed a satisfactory examination.

His standing in his class is

37 in Mathematics
13 in French
1 in Drawing
& 32 in Genl. Standing

He will accordingly resume his position in his class, as if he had been present at the last June Examination & prosecute the studies of the course.

I am very respectfully Yr. Obt. ServtSigd./ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 49. Addressed “Mrs. Anna M. Whistler Care of G. W. Whistler Esq New Haven Conn.”