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Robert E. Lee

W. M. Boyce

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

20 Jany. 1854

Sir.

I have had the honour to receive your letter of the 14th Inst. in reference to the application
of Mr. Herbert of Alabama for the appointment of cadet at the Mil. Acady. It would give me
great pleasure to aid him in his wishes, but you will see by the Accompg. Copy of the Regs. of
the War Dept. on the Subject, that the member of Congress representing his District, has the
appointment in his own hands & that nothing I can do will be of any avail.

I remain Very resply. Yr. obt Srvt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 87. Addressed “Hon. W. M. Boyce, Ho. of Repr. Washington City D.C.”