S[amuel] L[ewis] S[outhard] to MVB, 14 February 1826
14. Feb. 1826.
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.
I am, respectfully, &c.