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Robert E. Lee

Charles. H. Ruggles

U.S. Mil. Acady.

11 Dec. 1854

Sir,

I have this day recd your application of the 5th Inst. to the Hon. Secy. of War, for a short leave of absence for your nephew, Cadet Geo. D. Ruggles, to attend the marriage of his sister on the 13th Inst. which has been referred to me.

I very much regret that I am compelled to withhold my assent to the fulfillment of your wishes, though fully aware of the gratification the desired absence would afford your nephew & his friends. This is not considered an occasion on which the regns. of the Acady. could with propriety be relaxed, & if granted to one Cadet, it should be extended to all, which would materially interfere with their studies & duties; & the object of the Institution At this particular time, too, your nephew is engaged in reviewing his course, preparatory to his examination in Jany.; any interruption to which would be to his injury.

I hope therefore his sister will be able before her departure to California, to visit him; & that he may hereafter be indemnified for his present disappointment.

I remain with great respect Your obedt. Servt.Signed R. E. Lee Br.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 158. Addressed “Chas. H. Ruggles Poughkeepsie, N.Y.”