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Robert E. Lee

J. S. Colby

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

11 Dec.1854

Sir.

It would give me much pleasure to grant Cadet Thos. R. Tannatt the leave of absence requested in your letter of the 8th Inst. did the Regns. of the Acady. permit, nor has it been customary to relax the Regns. on this subject, which allow but one leave of absence to a Cadet during the period of Encampment, where he shall have been two years at the Acady; except when they may reside sufficiently near to spend Christmas day with their parents, without interruption to their studies or duties.

Their Examination commences on the 2nd of Jany. & it is very important to them that nothing should interfere with their preparation. To grant them leaves of absence to visit relatives or friends at that period, would materially interfere with their studies. For if given to one it must be extended to all.

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. 158. Addressed “Dr. J. S. Colby Harlem N.Y.”