S[amuel L[ewis] S[outhard] to MVB, 3 January 1826

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S[amuel L[ewis] S[outhard] to MVB, 3 January 1826

Navy Dep'mt

Sir,

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.

S.L.S.

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