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Robert E. Lee

John P. Sherburne

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

27 Feby. 1855

Sir.

I have recd. your letter of the 22nd Ulto. expressing your intention of applying for an appointment in the Army, in the event of its increase, & desiring a letter of recommendation.

The certificate furnished you at the time of your resignation, sets forth in the amplest & most emphatic manner, the studies in which you were proficient while at the Acady., & the progress made in your military instruction—This with the character you have since established in the prosecution of your profession of Civil Engineering, will I hope answer your purpose, as it embraces everything I can say. With sincere wishes for your health & welfare

I remain Very respfy. 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, p. 188. Addressed “John P. Sherburne Esq. Los Angeles—Cal.”