Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point N.Y.

22. Oct 1853


I duly received your letter of the 12th Inst: enclosing copies of letters from the Honble. R. H. Weightman and Mr Juan Perea, duplicates of which reached me by this day’s mail. On the date of its reception Cadet Perea informed me that his brother had returned to New Mexico, and that he had not heard from the Messrs. Harmony in New York to whom he had written. Learning subsequently that these Gentlemen were opposed to his resignation, I have myself written to them, explaining his situation, but have not yet received an answer. I enclose a copy of the letter from Maj Weightman to Lieut Peck, to which I previously referred, and have again to state that in the opinion of Profr Church there is no prospect of Cadet Perea passing his Examination in January, and that apparently he makes no effort to learn his course. He is equally negligent in his duties. Has about 200 demerit, more than 100 of which he has received this month, and continues to absent himself from his duty.

To save his parents and friends the mortification of his being dismissed, I would recommend that his resignation be accepted. Had not this step been under consideration, I should have felt it my duty to have arrested him & placed him in confinement at past week in consequence of his flagrant neglect of duty.

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, p. 63. Addressed “Genl. J G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”