Robert E. Lee

Adele Fowler

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

February 2, 1854

I have your letter of the 21st Ulto:—Mine of the 9th Nov. was in answer to the inquiries you had proposed to me, on the subject of the practicability of your son’s attending the Roman Catholic Service, & I awaited to hear your decision. I have now according to your request granted the permission.

I do not think there is any cause of uneasiness in regard to his health. Although he has not been well the past month, or able to attend to his duties, his indisposition does not appear to be serious, but the result of indigestion & a consequent lack of appetite, which naturally produces debility & depression. He has now however resumed his studies, has a room in the hospital & is excused from Military duty. I hope he will continue to improve & be able to remain with his class. Should he not, he will be allowed to go home. This would however throw him back an entire year, & if possible should be avoided. He has recd. The things you sent him, & has procured here woolen socks & overshoes. He is under the immediate treatment of the Surgeon of the post, & received every attention it is in our power to bestow. I hope therefore you will not feel alarmed on his account, & you may be assured he will not be neglected.

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. 89. Addressed “Mrs. Adele Fowler Baton Rouge, La.”