Robert E. Lee

Thomas McConnell

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

15 Jany. 1855

My dear Sir

I recd today your letter of the 11th Inst. in reference to a communication from your son Cadet J. G. McConnell. I am happy to inform you that he is in no danger of being obliged to leave the Acady on account of his demerit. The amount recorded against him for the six months ending 15 Dec. being 62 & therefore not subjecting him to the penalty prescribed by the Regns., which would require him to have over 100.

Your statement of his amount to the end of Nov (58) is correct—From that time to the 15th Dec. he accd. 4. I presume the error you allude to in the report from Washington, was made in transcribing in that office.

I wish I could give you a satisfactory report of his standing in his academic studies—I am sorry to inform you that he was mistaken as to his examination & that it was not satisfactory to the Academic Board either in Mathematics or English Studies, & they pronounced him not proficient in his course—Whatever may be the decision of the War Dept. in his case, I hope it will impress him with the necessity of more earnest efforts in the accomplishment of his purposes & that he may be rewarded by success.

If it should, neither he nor his friends will hereafter have cause to regret his present failure.

I am Sir with much respect 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, pp. 174–75. Addressed “Thomas McConnell Esq. Pillsbury Pensa.”