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Robert E. Lee

A. G. Brown

U.S. Military Academy West Point

7 July 1854

Sir.

In answer to your application to the Honble. Secy. of War for a leave of absence for Cadet Wm. P. Saunders; I regret to state that he has been deprived of the State of furlough granted to his class this Encampment, in consequence of the amount of demerit he has recd. for inattention to his duties & neglect of the Regns. As he had the same opportunity as other members of his class, of securing this indulgence; & as the Regn. Forbidding it in his case is well known to the Corps & universally applied; I regret that I cannot in justice to others who have suffered the penalty, recommend that it be departed from in his instance.

I am Sir very respectfully your obedt. Servt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 117. Addressed “Honble. A. G. Brown Washington City, D.C.”