Robert E. Lee

Rodman M. Price

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

31 Jany. 1855


It is with much regret I inform you that your nephew Rodman P. Lewis, was declare by the Acad. Board at the late Semi-annual Examination, not proficient in his course. In approving the recommendation of the Board in compliance with the regns. of the Acady., the Secy. of War has allowed him the privilege of resigning. He has accordingly resigned his appt. of Cadet, & been furnished with the usual allowance of transportation to his father’s residence, San Francisco, California, where he informed me he purposes going & intends leaving here today. The balance due on settlement of his accounts, amounting to $604.75, has been paid him. I recommended to him to see you before joining his father, that you might advise him as to his future course. But I thought I perceived a reluctance in him to do so, which has made me more anxious that you should know his situation.

I hope you will therefore pardon me for conveying to you unpleasant tidings, & attribute it to my desire for the welfare of your nephew.

I remain Sir 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. 181. Addressed “His Excely. Rodman M. Price Gov. of New Jersey Trenton.”