MVB to Stephen Decatur Jr., 30 July 1817
July 30th 1817
Mr William Pierce, marshal of the city of Troy in this state, contemplates offering for a contract with the naval Board (as he informs me) to supply provisions for the navy & has desired me to say to you what I think of his character.
I have known Mr Pierce several years and have always regarded him as a man of Integrity perseverance and Industry and am well satisfyed that he would perform his contract with fidelity.
With respect & esteem
your sincere friend
M. V. Buren