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Will you have the goodness to let me know whether my friend Charles Wilkes Junr, a young gentleman of high honor & character of my state stands any & what chance of promotion this winter. He has an advantageous offer in the merchant service but can give no <message> until he learns his <fate> on the other hand.
This man plagues my life out. I do not know that I could recommend him if there was a vacancy but would rather tell him that there is none if the point be so.
Mr. Wilkes, stands high on this list of <illegible>, & it is probable that he will be offered for promotion if any are. I wish that several should be promoted & if my own views prevail, it will be done. You know however that the Senate have now before them a question ^the decision of^ which must influence this. The uncertainty therefore which exists on the subject — and the effects... Continue Reading
Sender: Samuel Lewis Southard