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JOSEPH NOURSE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/17/1823 - HFSID 272698

JOSEPH NOURSE He writes a letter to an associate regarding several ongoing cases, saying that he has requested additional papers on the Case of Bragdon, Master of the Kame Autograph letter signed: "Joseph Nourse", 1p, 7¾x9½. City of Washington, 1823 July 17. To "James Sheafer es'q

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JOSEPH NOURSE
He writes a letter to an associate regarding several ongoing cases, saying that he has requested additional papers on the Case of Bragdon, Master of the Kame
Autograph letter signed: "Joseph Nourse", 1p, 7¾x9½. City of Washington, 1823 July 17. To "James Sheafer es'q". Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I obtained an order of the Commissioners on Spanish Claims for time until their Fall Session to obtain additional Papers in the Case of Bragdon Master of the Jane. Mr Webster gives me to understand that measures are and have been taken to come forward with additional matters for the reconsideration of those important Cases of the Jane, the Apollo, & the Charlotte Murdoch. I made this observation to Governor King this morning who remarked that much would depend on the property arrangement & Counsels. Under this view of your Claims I perceive, I think, some prospect of success, with the aid of Mr Webster - I am Dear Sir very respectfully Your Obed. Hum Servt". Addressed by Nourse on verso of integral leaf to: "James Sheafer, esq, Portsmouth, New Hampshire". Franked: "Free/Joseph Nourse" to right of address. "Free" stamp and postmark on address panel, which is docketed in unknown hand at upper portion. In 1821, the U.S. bought Florida from Spain for $5,000,000, money that was given to U.S. citizens with claims against Spain, such as the owners of the ships named in this letter. Further, in 1822, a U.S. Board of Land Commissioners was established to settle all outstanding Spanish land grant claims. London-born Joseph Nourse (1754-1841), who moved with his family to Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1769, served as military secretary to General Charles Lee during the American Revolution. In 1779, he settled in Philadelphia, where he served as Assistant Auditor General for the Board of the Treasury. Elected as first Register of the Treasury in 1781, Nourse affixed his signature to Continental currency to authenticate it. He moved with federal government from Philadelphia to Washington City in 1800, where he served under six Presidents (George Washington through John Q. Adams) until leaving office in 1829 with the election of President Andrew Jackson. Two full signatures. Creased with folds, vertical fold at the upper loops of the "J", "h" and "N" of franking signature. Remnant of red wax seal affixed at mid-right margin of integral leaf, light show through touches one word on front and had left a ½-inch diameter hole at the mid-left margin of the first page and a ¾-inch hole at mid-right blank margin on address leaf. Light stain at upper right corner, verso is heavily soiled. Pencil notes (unknown hand) beneath address. Otherwise, fine condition.

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