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Captain James Barron - 4 June 1834.

LS dated 4 June 1834, Philadelphia Navy Yard. To Congressman Levi Lincoln. Thanking Lincoln for his efforts to improve naval officer pay and provide for support of widows and orphans of officers.

U.S. Navy Yard Philadelphia
4th June 1834

The Hon[orable] Levi Lincoln
Dear Sir:
I have the hon-
or to acknowledge (under cover of your frank) the receipt of
the bill and report relative to the pay of the Commission-
ed and Warrant Officers of the Navy, and beg leave
to return you my thanks for your polite attention.

I shall
be very much gratified if this bill passes into a law
and particularly so, if that clause contemplating a
reservation of 3 percent, as a fund for the support
of the widows and orphans of the officers should
be recognized as a part of it.

The pay of the officers
of the Navy is not adequate to their support, and of
course those who have not acquired a fortune by oth-
er means, generally leave their families in necessitous
circumstances. Should this arrangement, however, become
a law, the government will be entirely exonerated
from all claims, and the officers rendered indepen-
dent of the necessity of making humiliating appeals
to the charity of their country.
I have the honor to be Dear Sir
Very Respectfully Y[ou]r Ob[edien]t Servant
James Barron

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The Hon[orable] Levi Lincoln
Member of Congress

Com. Barron
4 June 1834

Published: Thu Mar 26 11:37:32 EDT 2020