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Robert E. Lee

W. Ingraham

U.S. Mil. Academy

Dec. 8 1853

My dear Sir

I very much regret the necessity that obliges you to sail for California on the 20th Inst. as I had hoped that you would have been able to have passed the xmas holidays with your son; & not to have departed until after the Jany Examination, that you might have felt no anxiety concerning him. But if you cannot stay or bid him farewell here, I think the circumstances of his case, would authorize me to relax the regulations, & allow him to pass Sunday with you in New York. Of the advantages of this place you must judge, & I therefore reluctantly inform you that I do not feel sure of his success in his course of English Studies. He is in the last section of his class in that branch, stands rather below the middle of the section. His recitations do not show a sufficient acquaintance with the subject. I hope however in the last review, he will acquire it, though he would only lose one recitation by going to New York, still that is of importance to him at this time.

In mathematics he does better. Is in the section above the last & stands rather above the middle of the section. I hope therefore there is no cause of apprehension in this branch.

I am Sir, with much consideration Your Obt ServtSigd: R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 76. Addressed “Rt. Rvd. W. Ingraham, Esq. Bishop of California West Point Albany NY.”