Robert E. Lee

H. B. Wright

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

11 Jany. 1855

My dear Sir.

I am sorry to inform you that your son Cadet J. Wright did not pass a satisfactory examination & has been pronounced by the Academic Board to be deficient in his Course & recommended in compliance with the Regns. to the Secy. of War for discharge. I had hoped till the last moment for a different result, or should have written to you sooner, that you might if you thought proper have withdrawn him from the Acady.—He will however now be allowed to resign, & in that respect will be no worse off than before. I sincerely sympathize with you, and wish it had been different.—I hope however you will not let your son be discouraged at his failure.—If he has made an honest effort to succeed, as I have no doubt he has, he is entitled to as much credit as though he had. He is young & his mind undeveloped, & if his present failure will teach him the necessity of severer application to his future pursuits, neither he nor his friends will hereafter have cause to regret it, with sincere wishes for his success.

I remain Sir with much consideration 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. 173. Addressed “Honble. H. B. Wright Wilkes Barre Luzerne Co. Pensa.”