Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point N.Y.

March 3rd 1855


I have recd. the letter of Cadet John A. Meyers, offering his resignation; referred to me for a report on the 28th Ulto: Cadet Meyers had previously requested me to forwd. his resignation which I explained to him, I could not do; unless, as required by the 174 Acad. Regns., it was accompanied by the written consent of his guardian.

As Mr. Meyers did not give me any good reason for wishing to resign; & has not obtained the assent of his guardian, I cannot recommend its acceptance. I have explained to him the error he committed, & again advised him to consider well the step he wishes to take, to consult his Guardian & take his advance.—

His letter is herewith returned.—I am

Very respfy. Yr. 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. 189. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”