Robert E. Lee

Cornelia Beekman

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

17 Jany. 1855

I have recd your letter of yesterday’s date requesting that your son Cadet S.D. Beekman may be furnished with an overcoat. It will give me great pleasure to comply with your request & he would have previously been provided with one, had he had means to pay for it. If you will therefore remit to Lt. R.S. Smith, Treasurer Mil. Acady., or enclose to me $13.00, the cost of the overcoat, there will no longer be any difficulty in the way; & I will apply to the Honble Secy. of War for permission to place it to his credit.

The pay of the Cadets is small & it requires strict economy on their part, that their wants may be supplied. It is necessary too that they should learn to practice economy here, or they will not be able to live on their pay thereafter.

The indebtedness of your son has prevented his rec’g an overcoat before.

I am 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. 176. Addressed “Mrs. Cornelia Beekman 112 West 20th Street New York.”