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Robert E. Lee

Graham Casper

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

Nov. 23rd, 1854

Dear Sir,

I have recd your letter of the 19th Inst.—In reply I would state, that should your son be appointed in February or March—he should report as soon after the 1st of June as practicable—the preliminary examinations would take place immediately after that of the old Cadets—about the 20th of the month. The best age to enter the Academy in my opinion is from 17 to 18—according to the Physical & mental development of the candidates. Particular attention to Mathematics, English language & an acquaintance with French & other studies pursued at the Academy, would much benefit him on entering, and a firm determination to conform to the Regulations & apply himself to his studies afterward—the best guarantee for his success.

I remain very respectfully 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. 152. Addressed “Graham Casper Esq. Boston, Mass.”