Robert E. Lee

Mrs. Fowler

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

27 Feby 1854

I have just received your letter of the 16th in reference to your son. I am happy to inform you that he is improving in health, but being still feeble, & unable to attend to his duties with advantage, it had been judged best to grant him a leave of absence till the 1st July next, & allow him if able to resume his position at the Academy to join the then 4th Class. This has been sanctioned by the Honble. Secy of War, & he leaves here this day for New York to join Mr. P. H. Morgan, who will take him with him to Louisiana. Mr. Morgan informed me that it would be perfectly convenient for him to furnish him the necessary funds to pay his expenses home. I have therefore only given him sufficient ($5.00) to take him to New York, which will be covered by his pay, as it becomes due—I thought it would be more convenient for you to refund the exact amount of his expenses of Mr. M. than to permit it to me. Hoping that he will reach you in good health & be enabled to resume his duties at the Acady. at the proper time.

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. 94. Addressed “Mrs. Fowler Baton Rouge, La.”