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Wash. 7th June 1837

 

My dear Captain

I beleive [sic] it was stated in the former official letter that the Treasy Dept required a bond from every civil agent before they would remit the money on our requisitions. I supposed you would have to make the disbursements when at the work and the bond was drawn up under that impression. Perhaps after you get there, and you still wish to get rid of them, it can be arranged through the banks or Capt. Chase. You had better alter the form sent you then to suit your transactions at the north and reduce the penalty as now suggested. I suppose with your usual modesty you dislike to ask any one to go your security. If you can get any one to certify as to my responsibility set me down and perhaps they may take Capt. D as the other. Though tell him that his fame with Peter is very low. May is quite well and has so far escaped all sickness except what was avoidable. She has been very prudent this time, and after to day is to be allowed a little more latitude. If you see the Mess. Blunt tell them I am awaiting the arrival of the Instruments to settle with them. Best love to Mrs. T. Mrs. H

yours

RELee

 

 

 

 

Source: Digital scan of original letter, Brock Collection, Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2018 October 2

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