Robert E. Lee

Hendrick B. Wright

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

17 Jany. 1855

My dear Sir.

I recd. today your letter of the 14th Inst. & sympathize very sincerely in your regrets & disappointments concerning your son. As stated in my previous letter I had hoped for a different result to the last moment. I know he was in a difficult position like many others in his class, but as he stood in most danger in his English course, from which I hoped from day to day, that hard study would relieve him, & did not feel justified in recommending him to resign, or advising that course to you. Especially as he would have that opportunity should he feel to pass his Examination.

He has now resigned, of which he has rec’d a certificate, & will leave here tomorrow for his home, which he says he can reach easily & safely. His accounts have been closed & the balances due him $52.38 have been paid him—He has also rec’d your letter enclosing him money, so that he has more than enough to defray his expenses home—Wishing him a safe journey & every happiness in life

I remain Sir with much esteem 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. . Addressed “Honble. Hendrick B. Wright Washington City D.C.”