Robert E. Lee

Adele Fowler

U.S. Mil: Academy West Point NY.

Nov. 9. 1853

My dear Madam.

I recd. by the last mail your letter of the 26th Ulto:, in reference to the attendance of your son at the Catholic Church. I presume you are aware that the Regns of the Academy require the Cadets to attend Divine Service every Sunday Morng at the Mily Chapel, where services are performed by the Chaplain of the Institution, who is also the Profr. of Ethics & Moral Philosophy. His discourses are addressed particularly to the Cadets, are free from doctrinal questions, & calculated to inculcate principles of piety & morality. I am however authorized to excuse such Cadets & Officers as have conscientious scruples, from attendance at this service, provided it is approved by the parent or guardian of the former. There are now two Cadets in the Corps whom I allow on this plea to attend the Catholic service when performed on the Point. The Catholic Church is on the other side of the rive; but service is performed on the Point on Sunday for the benefit of the Soldiers, their families & others who wish to attend. It will give me pleasure to extend this privilege to your son, should you desire it.

I am happy to inform you that he is improving in his studies & is attentive to his duties. I hope you will urge him to make every effort to acquire a sufficient knowledge of his course to enable him to pass the semi-annual examination in Jany next.

I remain very resply. Yr. Obt. Servt.Sigd./ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 68. Addressed “Mrs. Adele Fowler Baton Rouge. La.”