Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) to H. Devereuse, Salem, Mass.
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00408 Author/Creator: Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870) Place Written: U.S. Mil. Acamy, West Point Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 November 1853 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.
Docketed at top: "Col. Lee, Novr 22/53" re: Cadet's progress at West Point
Col. Lee Novr 22/53
To: H. Devreuse Esqr.
U.S. Mil Acady
West Point 22 Nov 1853
My dear Sir
This is the first moment I have been able to devote to a reply of your letter of the 16th since its reception. An official visit of the Inspector of the Acad[em]y, & some experiments in gunning ordered by the Secretary of War, have absorbed all the time not necessary to the current business of the post.
I assure you I sincerely sympathize with you in your deep anxiety about your Son & can fully understand the painful apprehensions you entertain concerning him. I earnestly hope that none of your fears will be realized & all your wishes fulfilled. So good a Son cannot fail to respond to the expectations of so confiding a father. It is true as you state that he is amount of demerit has reached 90. Still there is an ample margin left for him to escape the penalty of the Regulation on  the subject, & to show you how easily this is within his power. I take pleasure in informing you that no mark of demerit has been recorded against him since the 25th of last month & that consequently the amount already reported to you (90) has not been increased. He has also been more attentive to his studies & is rising in his class. The last week his recitation marks in mathematics even the highest in his Section (the 2nd), & among the best in English Studies. I have no doubt of either his ability or desire to excel, & he only wants the power of self control & self denial, so necessary & so yet so hard to acquire, to accomplish it. In an interview which I recently had with him, I endeavored to show him the pleasure as well as benefit of persisting in his present good course; & urged him by all his affection for you, & all your love and reliance in him, to relax no effort & to omit no duty. He promised he has promised me to do so & I am confident of his success I can assure you that I will give him all the aid & assistance in my power & I hope you will give him all the encouragement in yours, & all of E. reward he may deserve
I remain very respy your friend and Servt
R. E. Lee BT Col. Supr.
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