Robert E. Lee

A. P. Wheeler

U.S.Mil.Acady West Point

14 Dec. 1854


Your letter of the 9th enclosing your assent to the resignation of your son, Cadet J. T. Wheeler, has been recd. I have thought it best for him to return home at once, & have made arrangements to furnish him with sufficient money to take him home. He will leave here at noon today, with directions to take the evg. train to Baltimore, where he will arrive at 4 A.M., in time tomorrow to take the 7 o’clock train for Wheeling; & I hope will be with you the following morning.—

His accounts have been cleared & he has recd. $18.33 for his traveling expenses. His passage from here to Wheeling is $14.00, which will leave him $4.33 for incidental expenses. As he tells me he has relatives in Baltimore, with whom he can remain if detained on the road, I have not thought it necessary for him to wait here till you could remit him more money, as I consider he has enough for is purposes.

I remain 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. 159. Addressed “A. P. Wheeler Esq. Wheeling Virg.”