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I have had the honor to receive your letter dated the 7th. of January, and communicated it to the Commissioners of the Navy from whom I have received the enclosed answer. Not having been in this Department at the time when the matter was referred to and reported on by the Commissioners, I have no ^other^ means of information than is afforded by the documents; all of which, I believe, have been... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Samuel Lewis Southard
Recipient: MVB
Too faint to read on microfilm.
Sender/Author: MVB
Mr Van Buren presents his compliments to the Secretary of the navy & takes the liberty of reminding him of the Warrant for young Mr. Livingston. Mr V Buren has had but mislaid a memorandum respecting young Barry-has he been appointed Purser or recd. any other promotion or has he reason to expect it soon or is there any thing done that may be said to his friend in Ny. Mr V Buren will leave... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
I have been instructed by the Secretary of the navy to transmit to you the accompanying acting appointment as Midshipman in the Us. navy for Wm. P. Livingston, and to request that you will be pleased to deliver it to him. In relation to Mr. Berry, he has been an Acting Purser for more than twelve months on board the Us. Schooner Grampus, and would have been nominated to the Senate during the... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: C.H.
Recipient: MVB
I have just been informed by L. Beardsley Esqr. that a new Suit has been made by the U. States, against my father and myself as sureties of my Brother J. Gates Jr. late Paymaster of U. S. Army. You are no doubt well acquainted with the result of this same Case tried before your <drst.> friend the Honl. Judge Skinner in May last. After two or three days examination of the Accounts it... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Gerrit Gates
Recipient: MVB
Will Mr. Pleasonton have the goodness to inform M[r.] V Buren whether the proceedings spoken of in the within can be stayed or denied. Mr Gates is a very worthy man.
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Stephen Pleasonton
I have received your letter of the 30th ult. enclosing an application for the discharge of Augustus V.K. Hubbard, and have directed an inquiry into the facts; and will decide the case as soon as they can be ascertained. In the meantime it is proper to state, that no order has ever been given to discharge a man while actually a deserter.
Sender/Author: Samuel Lewis Southard
Recipient: MVB
I have had the honor to receive your note of the 1st enclosing a letter to you from Gerrit Gates. The suit now pending against the sureties of John Gates, late Paymaster, was instituted for the double prospects of establishing our claim against them, and of vindicating the character of some of our accounting officers, whose official acts, it is alledged, had been misrepresented, on a former trial... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Stephen Pleasonton
Recipient: MVB
Agreeably to the statement made in my letter to you of the 3d inst. an order was sent to Com. Chauncey directing him to enquire into the case of Augustus V.K. Hubbard; and he has informed me in reply, that upon examination, no person, by that name, has deserted from the Receiving Ship at New York between the 1st July, and 11th. December last. If you can furnish any additional particulars in the... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Samuel Lewis Southard
Recipient: MVB
I have received your letter of the 13th inst. with an enclosure in behalf of Mr. Van Ness, who requests the appointment of Purser in the navy. There are no vacancies now existing in that class of officers – nor is one expected to arise very shortly.
Sender/Author: Samuel Lewis Southard
Recipient: MVB
The writer of the enclosed is a gentleman of high respectability 
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: James Barbour
I have had the honor to receive your note of the 30th instant enclosing a letter from Gerret Gates, requesting a further continuance of the case of the United States vs the said Gales. I cannot answer this application better than by enclosing to you a copy of the letter I had the occasion lately to address to General Van Rensselaer on the same subject. In this will be found the reasons which have... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Stephen Pleasonton
Recipient: MVB
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 23rd instant with one to you, enclosed, from G. A. Worth Esqr one of the sureties of the late General Edmonds. On recurring to the records and letters on file in this office I perceive that Mr. <Hafford>, another surety of General Edmonds, after obtaining a reduction of the balance against General Edmonds to about the sum of five thousand... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Stephen Pleasonton
Recipient: MVB
I send you a letter from my friend Mr Worth who thought as you will see something of a wag is nevertheless a very clever honest fellow. My concern for his welfare & that of his family is such that did not indisposition prevent I would call upon you in person upon his business. I am not acquainted with his present situation as to money but know that before he went to the West (where he was for... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Stephen Pleasonton
Do me the favouor to return Mr Worths letter by the bearer
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Stephen Pleasonton
Mr. <Mc.Anally> a very notable Citizen of Nyork wishes <to> converse with you upon a subject <illegible> to which Mr <Campel> P. <illegible> has had communication [wi]th the Commissioners. If Mr. <illegible> could consistently be gratified I <havee> no doubt that a worthy man <w>ould be served without prejudice to the public intere[st]
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Levi Woodbury
I am afraid you will think me troublesome, but I rely in my present application on your kindness of disposition. I will be ^as^ brief as possible in stating what I venture to ask from you. Mr Joseph Henry aged about 23 Years, is a native of this city, of respectable parentage, ^but^ lost his father a number of years since. His worthy mother has by industry, supported him his brothers sisters... Continue Reading
Sender/Author: Theodric Romeyn Beck
Recipient: MVB
I have the honor to inform you that an order has been issued to the Commander of the schooner Grampus to take Mr <Hart> as passenger to Charleston S.C. He funding his own provissions as usual.
Sender/Author: Levi Woodbury
Recipient: MVB
Your communication enclosing that of Mr. <illegible> is received. Concerning Mr <Ragsdale> Mr R <illegible> the last <winter> was advanced to a higher clerkship & is a Very meritorious Clerk.
Sender/Author: Levi Woodbury
Recipient: MVB
Your letter of the 18th of May recommending Mr Wm A Bloodgood for a Pursers Appointment has this day been received. Mr Bloodgoods name is already on file and when Vacancies arise that can be filled from New York will receive due consideration.
Sender/Author: Levi Woodbury
Recipient: MVB
Your note of the 22d with letter from Mr Croswell in favour of Mr R.S. <Wey> for a Midshipman's appointment, has been received. I have the honor to inform you that when further selections are made from New York, the recommendation young <Wey> shall receive respectful consideration in connection with numerous others.
Sender/Author: Levi Woodbury
Recipient: MVB
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 28th. and in reply to inform you that no Vacancy has <arrived> in the <Marine> Corps Since the Appointment of Mr Irving, and none is expected with much certainty. The applicants are above 150 in number.
Sender/Author: Levi Woodbury
Recipient: MVB
I wish you would <illegible> a Kind note that I may send to the Lady as I cannot do better for her son. The <illegible> letter is from a sensible man and cool observer. I have not the shadow of a doubt that the description he gives of public sentim[. . .] is correct to the letter. Take into the account that he was once a Federalist & it makes the <illegible> stronger.
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Levi Woodbury
I take pleas[ure] [in] making you acquainted with my friend Mr Clark of Nyork who has business with the Departmt & is a gentleman of respectability. I intended to have called this morg but have not been able to get out in <season>
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Levi Woodbury
This young gentlemen gives me more credit than I deserve. Please to read his letter & destroy it. I believe he is quite meritorious.  
Sender/Author: MVB
Recipient: Levi Woodbury