Westmoreland County Virginia
“Brown is a Very Poor and Ignorant Man”
~ 1821 ~

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Manuscript Postmark:
Mattox Bridge
20 Novr 1821
Manuscript Rate:

J. C. Calhoun Esqr
Secretary of War
City of Washington

Letter’s author:
Samuel Templeman


Westmoreland County Virginia Novr 14th 1821
J. C. Calhoun Esqr }
Secretary of War }

I herewith Inclose you the papers of John Brown an invalid pensioner in the late war. These papers were forwarded to Richmond last year for payment and was refused by the loan officer Saying he was to be paid in the city. I then sent them to the City as you will See by letters from William Hickley of July 11th 1821. and from Geo Wood of July 12th 1821. Stating that his pension was to be paid in Richmond. Agreably to the advice I Sent a Special Messenger to Richmond. he informs me that he could not pay the money in as much as he had received Instructions from you Not to pay any invalid pension that had Not been apply’ed for within four Semiannual payments -- and requests your particular Instructions on this particular Subject. Brown is a very poor and Ignorant Man, and Was Not appraised of the Regulations established in Your office. I hope therefore you will Send me back the inclosed papers with directions to the Loan Officer to pay Brown his Arrears of Pension on Application

Yours Very Respectfully
Samuel Templeman

From the Collection of Frederick Smoot
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