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Robert E. Lee

John K. Weed

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

11 Oct. 1853

Sir.

I have just recd. your letter of yesterdays date, requesting a leave of absence for your son Cadet Stephen H. Weed, that he may visit the City of New York, & be present at certain family arrangements which require his presence.

You are probably not aware that I cannot authorize the absence of a Cadet from the performance of the duties & exercises prescribed by the Regulations of the Acady, in which he has been placed here to be instructed, except in such extreme cases that may justify my departure from the rules established for my government.

I regret therefore that I cannot grant the leave of absence you desire & hope my inability to comply with your request will subject you to no inconvenience or prove any interruption to the arrangements you contemplate.

Your son is daily engaged with his class in the studies of his Academic course, which are of paramount importance, & which he cannot omit or neglect without injury & loss. I hope therefore you will be able to dispense with his presence home, until they are completed.

I am Sir Very resply Your obedt ServtSigd. R. E. Lee. Br. Col.
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 60. Addressed “John K. Weed Esq 63 Lenny Street New York”