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MVB to Stephen Decatur Jr., 30 July 1817

DrSir, 

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

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Source: DNA National Archives and Records Administration
Collection: RG 45, Naval Records Collection, Navy Commissioners Office, Miscellaneous Letters, 1815-1819
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)