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    Daniel Webster Autograph Letter Signed "Danl Webster", 2pp., 8" x 10", Washington, Jan. 30, 1833. To Hampden Cutts regarding the proper legal form and presentation for the presentation of memorials. In part: "...Perhaps it will answer the purpose, if you drew up a short memorial for Mr. Balch - stating that since joining in the former memorial, by atty, he has learned that it may be better to apply, in his own name...In all other respects the memorial seems right, except perhaps that after saying that the Barques sailed, & having on board a cargo of rum & molasses, it might have been well to add & the specie herein after mentioned..." With attached integral cover addressed in Webster's hand and docketed by Cutts. With two additional autograph letters signed by Cutts to Webster regarding other maritime matters. In a letter from Wethersfield, VT, dated Sept. 16, 1833, Cutts informs Webster of evidence "to support the claims for the robbery of the Barque Mary by French privateers... The Capt & Mate are both dead... We have no evidence to show that the property taken went to the use of the French government other than what is contained in the original protest..." A second later, dated March 27, 1834 asks Webster for an update on the same case: "...I wish to know the situation of two French claims of which you have the charge before the commissioners. The case is that of the Barque Mary, Capt. Balch, robbed in 1805 and the claims of Edward Cutt late of Portsmouth N.H. as chief owner & that of the estate of George W. Balch as part owner and Master of said vessel." Although the initial claims originated during the war with Tripoli and the Barbary Coast thirty years prior, they were still being adjudicated. Three items, all in very good to near fine condition.

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