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Robert E. Lee

Messrs. Harmonys Nephews & Co.

U.S. Mil Academy West Point

Oct 31st 1853

Gentlemen

The circumstances in the case of your ward Cadet Perea from New Mexico, which I reported to you on the 21st Inst, induced me to recommend to the War Dept: the acceptance of his resignation, which he had previously tendered. I considered it useless to retain him at the Academy any longer, which was only productive of discomfort to him & no good; as he seemed to have lost all desire to maintain his position. His resignation has been accepted by the Secy of War, to take effect on the 21st Nov ’53, & he will leave here this day, with directions to report to you in person, in New York, where I hope he will arrive in safety.

I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your obdt 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. 65. Addressed “Messrs. Harmonys Nephews & Co. 80 South St New York”