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Robert E. Lee

John M. Sherburne

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

23 Jany. 1855

My dear Sir

I recd by the last mail your letter of the 16th Inst. stating that you had been informed that your son Jno. P. Sherburne who resigned his Cadet appt. in Jany. 1853; could assume his position in the army a if he had graduated, provided he could receive a statement from me that he was qualified.

At the time of his resignation he recd. from me a certificate , setting forth the studies in which he had been proficient, his military instruction &c., in a more complete form than I could give it in any other way; & embracing everything I can say in any official capacity.—I hope this may serve his purpose; though I do not understand how he can now enter the army, except by appointment in any new Regt. that may be authorized by Congress: I am very glad to hear of his welfare & success & feel confident he will make himself useful & esteemed wherever he is.

I remain Sir, with great 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. 180. Addressed “Jno. M. Sherburne Esq. Portsmouth N.H.”