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Robert E. Lee

W. C. Warren

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

15 Dec. 1853

My dear Sir

In reply to your letter of the 9th Inst. expressing your wish that your son Cadet S. P. Warren, should attend the Episcopal Church; I have to state that the Regulations of the Acady require all the Cadets to attend the Chapel at the Point on Sunday morning; but that he can go on Sunday afternoon, whenever he desires it, to attend the E. Church, situated about 1½ miles from the Point.

The Chaplain of the Post, who is also the Prof. of Ethics and Moral Philosophy, belongs to the Presbyterian Church & service at the Chapel is conducted after that form of worship. His discourses, however, prepared for the Cadets, are free from all doctrinal or sectarian questions, & well calculated to inculcate morality & religion—should your son be a communicant of the E. Church, he can have the privilege of attending on those mornings when the communion is administered.

I am very resp. your Obt. Servt.Sig: R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 78. Addressed “W. C. Warren Esq. Edenton, N.C.”