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MVB to Alexander James Dallas, 5 January 1813 [1814]

Dr Sir,

Having ben very recently appointed special Judge advocate for the trial of Genl. Hull and no officer of any very considerable rank or Information in the North Western army having as yet arrived in this City, I am considerably embarrased in making the arrangements preparatory to the trial.

For the purpose of With a view to the p arrival of the Witnesses & for the purpose of enabling me to make the necessary preparations the Court have adjourned for eight days in the mean time I have thought it advisable to apply to you for such further information ^generally^ on the subject as your leisure & sense of propriety will permit you to cont furnish, & particularly whether the Alphabetical references in your no abbreviation of the Specifications, refer to exhisting documents & if so where they can be procured. Least the manner in which your notes were made has escaped your recollection I Copy the first ^& second^ viz

I Treason

A I. Witnesses to prove the previous connection of Genl. Hull with the Inhabitants of Canada &c.

B. 2d. Witnesses to prove the hiring of the Vessel &c.

If, these references were made as on reflection I am apprehensive they were with a view to a future Statements I will then thank you to inform me from what source generally more particularly you expected to be enabled to make such Statement & which of the Officers you were Instructed none were best advised on the subject.

I hope you will excuse the trouble I give you on this business which not having the honor of an acquaintance with you I would not feel myself at liberty to put you to was it not for the relation in which you have stood to the cause.

With great respect

Your obedient Servt.

 

M.V.Buren

Special Jud

Dr Letter to A. J. Dallas

Esqr.

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Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 2 (1 January 1812-16 February 1815)