S[amuel L[ewis] S[outhard] to MVB, 3 January 1826
3. Jan'y. 1826.
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.
I am, respectfully, &c.