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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point. NY.

11 Oct. 1853.

General

Cadet Perea from New Mexico has just shown me a telegraphic dispatch from his brother at St. Louis, saying that he had come in to carry him home, & wished him to meet him as soon as possible, that they might return at once. He has also shown me a letter from his father, on first hearing of his appointment expressing a wish that he shall resign, & the Honble. R. H. Weightman, has written to the same effect. In addition, I believe it impossible for Cadet Perea to pass his January Examination, & while waiting for more direct authority from his Guardians, Messr Harmony in New York for him to resign to whom he has written, I have concluded to save time to forward his resignation & recommend its acceptance.

I am very respectfully Your obed ServtSigd. R E Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 59. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”