Major William A. Mercer requests to resign from the Superintendence of the Carlisle Indian School and return to his regiment. He states that he's been experiencing sharp pains in his head that impair him from thinking, and he believes that a leave of absence and a return to the outdoor lifestyle of military service will improve his health. Commissioner of Indian Affairs F. E. Leupp forwards and endorses Mercer's request to the Secretary of the Interior, and he passes it along to the Secretary of War. Major General J. Franklin Bell orders Mercer's transfer.
Superintendent William A. Mercer's Resignation and Transfer to Military
December 10-27, 1907
National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, CCF Entry 121, #100488-1907-Carlisle-163