RG 77, Dept. of the Navy, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Correspondence of the Topographic Office

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The writer of the enclosed is a gentleman of high respectability 
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Recipient: James Barbour
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
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