Robert E. Lee

William G. Webster

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

9 Feby 1854


I have recd your letter of the 7th Inst. In reference to the health of your Son. You must not suppose that any doubts are entertained as to the sincerity of his opinions as regards himself, or the treatment necessary for his recovery. But the Medical Officers have to be governed by their own judgement in his case & be guided by the same rules prescribed for all Cadets. When in their opinion his health requires a leave of absence, or his continuance at the Acady. Is either injurious or unnecessary, they will then be able to give the certificate required by the Regns. Which will be forwarded for the information & action of the War Dept.

Upon consultation with the Surgeon of the Post, this course in his opinion is not more necessary, nor does he see anything in the condition of your son calculated to excite alarm or anxiety., I hope therefore you will not be uneasy, but rest assured that he will receive every attention his cause admits of & every consideration that a due regard for the interests of the Acady & the other Cadets will permit.

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. 91. Addressed “Wm. G. Webster Esq. New Haven, Conn.”