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Robert E. Lee

Edward Warren

U.S. Military Academy West Point N.Y.

24 July 1854

My dear sir,

On my arrival at the Point this morning, I recd your letter of the 21st Inst. in reference to the return of your brother to the Mil. Acady. The recommendation of the Academic Board in his case, having with the others been submitted to the Secy of War, & their duty finished; they do not deem it proper to make another report on the subject, without its being called for by the proper authority. I regret to state however that their opinion was unfavourable to his return; & that I know of no reason to expect a change if reconsidered; he as far as I know having enjoyed all the opportunities as the rest of his class to acquire a proficiency in his course. Although very young he was above the age prescribed by the Regns. & the Academic Board could not therefore consider that as entitling him to any indulgence. It is true, so far as I am aware, that your brother’s conduct while here, though marked for carelessness & inattention to the Regns. of the Acady, was free from anything affecting either his moral character or standing, & that in his intercourse with his comrades & officers, it was entirely correct, gentlemanly & proper I am not therefore surprised at the desire evinced by his class for his return to the Acady, as I assure his separation from it was a source of regret to the officers of the Institution. I hope however that it will teach him the necessity of greater exertion & application in whatever he may hereafter undertake, & that his success may equal the best wishes of all his friends.

Your Obdt. 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. 123. Addressed “Edwd. Warren Esq. Edenton N.C.”