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Robert E. Lee

Fayette McMullan

U.S. Military Academy West Point

25 July 1854

Sir,

On my arrival yesterday, I instituted enquiries agreeably to your request concerning your young friend Mr. Robert E. Moore, appointed a cadet from your District; & cannot learn that he is in this vicinity. From a letter recd. from his father during my absence & dated the 14th Inst. I infer that he is at home; & is acquainted with the permission granted by the Secy. of War to present himself if he desires, for re-examination for admission, in the last week of August.

His father at the date of his letter had not decided whether he would take advantage of the permission or not, & had been requested to inform Genl. Genl: Jos: G. Totten of his decision.

I remain Sir 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. 124. Addressed “Hon. Fayette McMullan House of Rept. Washington City, D.C.”