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Robert E. Lee

S. Sanders

U.S. Mil. Acady.

11 May 1854

Dear Sir.

I am happy to inform you, in answer to your letter of the 14th April, which I have just recd., that your son Cadet Wm. P. Sanders, is still at the Acady. & is very well. He has not applied himself I fear as he ought during the first year, & his standing in his class is not such as his capacity would entitle him to. He failed to pass a satisfactory examination in Mathematics in Jany last, but was allowed by the Secy of War to continue his course till the next June examination, in the hope that he would recover his position & be able to go on with his class.

It gives me pleasure to inform you that he has been more industrious since Jany & I hope he may be able to exhibit due proficiency at the coming examination; though I regret to say that at present, in the opinion of his Professor, it is by no means certain.

It may be proper for me also to add, that he has not been very attentive to his other duties, or to the observance of Regns., & without committing any grave offence, his amount of demerit has about reached the limit, which if it exceeds, the Regs. require his discharge from the Acady.

I hope you will urge him to bestow more application to his studies & more attention to his duties. He has himself promised to write by this mail.

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 104. Addressed “S. Sanders Esq. Sacramento City, Cal.”