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Robert E. Lee

J. H. Whittlesey

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

8 March 1855

Captain.

In answer to your letter of the 25th Jany. announcing your application through Genl. Totten for the Professorship of Ethics & Law at the Mil. Acady. I have to state that the proposed separation of the duties now performed by the chaplain, has not as far as I am aware been sanctioned by Cong.

I have not yet been furnished with the Copy of the Mil. Acady. Bill passed at the late session; but believe it contains no provision for the Professorship in question.

Although sensible of your qualifications, & of your high standing at the Acady., I am therefore unable to advance your views in the matter.

I remain Captain your very 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. 190. Addressed “Capt: J. H. Whittlesey 1st Dragoons Fort Union New Mexico.”