LEE, ROBERT E. Autograph Letter Signed, "RELee Bt Col / SuptMilAcad'y," as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, to Nahum Capen, explaining that F.C. Goodrich's resignation from West Point was voluntary. 1 page, 4to; folds, faint scattered soiling. West Point, 2 December 1854
"I rec'd to day your letter . . . requesting to know the occasion of the resignation of Mr. F.C. Goodrich of Mass. His resignation was voluntary & with the assent of his father, & I recollect no reason assigned other than an unwillingness to continue five years at the Acad'y. His letter of resignation was forw'd to Wash'n & accepted by the Sec'y of War." Nahum Capen (1804-1886) was an American writer who served as postmaster of Boston, 1857-61.
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