Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

Sept. 1, 1854


I have the honour to transmit herewith two specific pledges of the 2nd Class, binding themselves not to commit the offenses; or violate the Regns. of the Acady. for which their classmates, S. J. Carroll & F. Lee were reported to you on the 24th July; provided they be relieved from the penalties of their offences. The Pledges are signed by all the members of the Class except Cadet Brayton C. Ives, who has not yet returned from furlough, being detained at home by sickness.

I also forwd. a pledge of the 3rd Class, binding themselves not to commit the offense, or violate the Regns of the academy for which their classmate S. W. Ferguson was reported to you on 24 July, provided he be relieved from the penalty of his offense. This pledge is signed by all the 3rd Class except Cadets Palfrey & J. S. Smith two young gentlemen, whose hitherto correct deportment, is a sufficient guarantee for their future good conduct.

Under all the circumstances of the case I therefore recommend that the pledges be accepted, the charges be withdrawn, & that Cadets Carroll, Ferguson & Lee F. be released from arrest.

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

P.S. If the pledge be accepted, I request they may be returned to me. I return all the papers forwd. to me on the subject—

Sigd./ R.E.L.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 132–33. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”