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Robert E. Lee

Abijah H. Moss

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

11 Jany. 1855

Dear Sir.

I am very sorry to inform you, that your son Cadet Chas. H. Moss has failed to pass a satisfactory examination & been declared deficient in his course by the Academic Board, & recommended to the Secretary of War for discharge. I sincerely sympathize with you in the event, but hope you will not allow your son to be discouraged at this failure, or attribute to him unmerited censure.—His General. deportment has been good & he has been attentive to his duties, & I have no doubt in consequence will be allowed by the Secretary of War to resign his appointment.

I must apologize for not writing to you previously to his examn. as you deserved; as from the reports of his professor, I considered his prospects sufficiently doubtful not to authorize me to recommend his resignation, & to lead me to hope that his examination might prove satisfactory & establish his proficiency. I am very sorry that my hopes were not realized & that the result has proved unfavourable to him. I still believe he will be allowed to resign & in that respect he will not be worse off than before.

I remain with much respect Your Obt. 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. 172. Addressed “Abijah H. Moss Lockport N.Y.”