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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

29 Sept. 1854

General.

In answer to your letter of the 26th Inst. requesting me to state for the consideration of the Secy of War, the course most advisable in my judgement, in reference to the application of Cadet Fowler for an extension of his leave of absence; I have to reply that the Regns of the Acady (Arts 43 & 60) contemplate the transfer of the Cadets from one class to another, and the period of the annual Examinations. This has heretofore been the practice & I recommend it to be adhered to. But if Cadet Fowler’s health prevents his return to the Academy as provided for in Par: 87, & he complys with Regns on the subject; he be permitted to join the 5th Class, if in the opinion of the Medical Officers at the Post at his return, he is qualified to resume his position. He has been informed that he has failed to comply with the Regns of the Acady & that if he wishes to resume his position, he must do so & return to the Acady. as soon as possible.

I have the honour to be 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. . Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”