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Robert E. Lee

T. Parkin Scott

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point

29 Sept: 1853

My dear Sir.

I have recd. your letter of the 27th Inst: requesting that your son Cadet Parkin Scott might obtain a leave of absence, for the purpose of attending his brothers wedding in Phila. on tuesday next.

It would give me great pleasure to afford him the opportunity you desire, which I know would be equally gratifying to him; but his is not an occasion on which I can relax the Regns of the Acady., nor could I grant to him what I have been obliged repeatedly to refuse to others, to prevent the interests of the Cadets & the duties of the Acady being materially interrupted.

I hope your son will have after graduating many opportunities of attending such ceremonies, & that in the meantime he may find pleasure in preparing himself in his Academic course.

He is now in the commencement of his course of Philosophy, & though his progress so far has not been as great as I had hoped, I expect it will improve. In Chemistry & drawing he has done very well & his conduct for the month has been exemplary.

I remain very resply & truly yoursSigd./ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 55–56. Addressed “T. Parkin Scott Esq Baltimore Md.”