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Robert E. Lee

Elias S. Coryell

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

5 Aug. 1854

My Dear Sir,

The enclosed letter from the Surgeon of the Post, will apprize you of the condition of your son. You may not be aware, that owing to symptoms in his case, apparent to the Medical Board, upon his examination in June last; he was admitted on probation till 1st Sept. next, subject to the approval of the Medical Board, to assemble at that time.

From the opinion expressed by Dr. Cuyler, & his present condition, I fear there is little probability of his being able to continue at the Academy, & it may be to his advantage, as well as more agreeable to your feelings, if you can satisfy yourself on the subject, to withdraw him at once.

I remain with much consideration 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, pp. 128–29. Addressed “Elias S. Coryell Esq. New Hope Bucks Co. Pennsa.”