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Robert E. Lee

Robert Donaldson

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

24 Dec. 1853

Sir:

I regret that I am unable to comply with the request of Miss Gaston conveyed in your note of the 20th Inst; & that in consequence of the amount of demerit of her brother, am prevented from extending to him the priviledge that, in some cases, has been given to other Cadets, whose immediate relations reside in the vicinity of the Academy.

I remain very resply. your obt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 81. Addressed “Robert Donaldson Esq. Sylvania Barrytown N.Y.”