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Robert E. Lee

Messrs. P. Harmonys, Nephews & Co.

U.S. Military Academy West Point

21 Oct 1853

Gentlemen

Cadet Perea from New Mexico informs me that you are his guardians. I regret therefore to have to inform you that neither his progress in his studies, or attention to his duties will enable him to pass the Semi-annual Examination in January next. His Profr. informs me that he does nothing in his course of Mathematics, and does not appear to try to recite with his section. He is equally negligent in his military duties, and seems to have abandoned all effort to perform them. I would recommend therefore that he be withdrawn from the Academy, and that if you have the power, you give your assent to his resignation, to prevent the mortification to himself and family, from being dismissed from the Institution. The regulations provide that any Cadet who shall receive over 100 demerit between the June and January Examinations, shall be dismissed from the Academy. He had already about 200. Having received 93 from the 1st to the 16th October. His demerit alone would cause his dismissal. The difficulty of communicating with his father, would prevent my hearing from him before January, and I have thought it best therefore, to refer at once to you.

I am very respectfully your obedt Servant(Signed) R. E. Lee. Br. Col.
Supt Mil Academy

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 62–63. Addressed “Messrs. P. Harmonys, Nephews & Co. 80 South St. New York”