Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

Sept. 5, 1854


Cadet Albert M. Powell appointed Cadet from the 1st Congrs. District State of Md., to report between the 28th & 31 Aug, has just presented himself with a certificate from his Medical attendant, that he was prevented leaving home by indisposition—I can cause him to be examined by the Acad. Board & assigned conditionally to a section for the prosecution of his studies, but the Med. Board has adjourned, & the authority of the Dept. is requested to constitute the two Medical Officers at the Post a Board to examine into his Physical qualifications, unless it is desired to associate another with them. I find that a similar course was taken in the case of Alfred T. A. Torbert, appd from Delaware, on the 12 Sept. 1851.

I am Very Respfy. 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. 134. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”