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Stephen and Susan Decatur Papers

Donated to Georgetown College by Susan Decatur, the widow of the War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), the Stephen and Susan Decatur Papers consist of one letter book containing letters dated from 1812 to 1813 written to Commodore Decatur congratulating him on the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" against the H.M.S. "Macedonian," two letters dated 1812 to him from U.S. Navy Secretary Paul Hamilton, and 16 letters to Susan Decatur dated between 1831 and 1845. Contained in one archival box (0.25 linear feet), the Decatur Papers document some interesting facts about these famous Americans.

The Stephen Decatur letter book contains twelve letters sent to Decatur from 1812 to 1813. Written by important politicians in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Albany, Richmond, Annapolis, and New London, these letters honor Decatur and his crew aboard the U.S.S. "United States" for their heroic capture of the H.M.S. "Macedonian" on October 25, 1812. Several manuscript copies of legislative resolutions; including those drafted by New York City, the Virginia General Assembly, the Maryland House of Delegates, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the New York State Assembly and Senate; accompany the letters. Correspondents include James Barbour, Gordon Saltonstall Mumford, William Sullivan, Daniel D. Thompkins, Richard Varick, and Arnold Welles. Moreover, the letters and resolutions honor other U.S. naval figures, such as William Henry Allen, William Bainbridge, James Biddle, Isaac Hull, Jacob Jones, and Charles Morris, and make reference to numerous vessels, such as the U.S.S. "Constitution," U.S.S. "Philadelphia," U.S.S. "Wasp," H.M.S. "Frolic," H.M.S. "Guerriere," and H.M.S. "Java." Although the letters to Stephen Decatur are still physically contained in the letter book, each letter has been cataloged as a separate folder (Folders 1 through 12). Resolutions or envelopes attached to a specific letter have been cataloged as being in the same folder as that particular letter. Two additional laudatory letters and one envelope once were part of the letter book, but they have been placed in separate folders (Folders 13, 14, and 15) as they had fallen out of the letter book some years ago. Taken together, these documents show just how grateful Americans were to Decatur for his naval exploits.

Separate from the letter book, sixteen letters sent to Susan Decatur between 1831 and 1845 are preserved in this collection. All addressed to Mrs. Decatur in Georgetown, the letters mostly relate to her efforts to persuade Congress to provide her with compensation for her late husband's daring destruction of the captured U.S. frigate "Philadelphia" in Tripoli harbor in 1804 and her efforts to obtain a pension. Correspondents include notables such as Lewis Cass, Mahlon Dickerson, Edward Everett, Henry Horn, Joseph Reed Ingersoll, Edward Livingston, George McDuffie, John Mercer Patton, and Sir Charles R. Vaughan.

Several other manuscript collections at the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division contain material related to Stephen and Susan Decatur: the David Rankin Barbee Papers, the Causten Family Papers, the William M. P. Dunne Papers, the Joseph Kennedy SJ Papers, the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus, the Nidiffer Collection, the Carroll Spence Papers, and the Varia Collection.

Six books from Susan Decatur's library are preserved in the Special Collections Division: Ariosto, Lodovico. "Orlando Furioso/ Lodovico Ariosto." In Parigi: Della Raccolta di Cazin, 1786, 5 volumes [call number: LAU SPCOLL 75A55]. Bossuet, Jacques Benigne. "Exposition de la Doctrine de l'Eglise Catholique sur les Matieres de Controverse." Dublin: Richard Coyne, 1821 [call number: LAU SPCOLL 94A230]. Evans, John. "A Sketch of the Denominations . . . ." Worcester, 1807 [call number LAU SPCOLL Shandl 1807E]. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. "Gli Affani del Giovane Verter." Londra, per T. Hookham, 1788 [call number: LAU SPCOLL 75A45]. Paley, William. "Natural Theology, Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature." Philadelphia: Printed for John Morgan by H. Maxwell, 1802 [call number: LAU SPCOLL 75A49]. Stark, Bolling. "Disputatio Physiologica Inauguralis de Animalium et Terra Natorum Similitudine." Edinburgi, Adamus Neill, 1799 [call number: LAU SPCOLL GTC O199]. In addition to these books, several books about Stephen or Susan Decatur but never owned by them can be found in our Special Collections department.

The Georgetown University Art Collection, part of Special Collections, possesses six objects related to the Decaturs: Chessmen (or Chess Set). Description: Red and white, male and female. Donor: Susan Decatur. Medium: Ivory. Engraving of Stephen Decatur. Description: Bust portrait of Decatur, scrollwork. Inscription: "Decatur." Lock of Stephen Decatur's hair. Donor: John Gilmary Shea. Medal. Description: Stephen Decatur's Ship, the "Royal Louis," and Masonic emblems, coat of arms of the Decatur family. Donor: Ms. Fenwick at the death of Susan Decatur. Inscription: "Success to the Royal Louis - Decatur." Medium: Silverplate. Pistol. Description: An elaborate carved, wood and brass pistol with Arabic inscriptions, perhaps taken from the body of a Turk killed in the fighting in Tripoli. Donor: unknown. Portrait of Stephen Decatur. By James Simpson. Donor: Mrs. Hobbs. Medium: Oil on canvas.

A number of other manuscript repositories hold papers of Stephen Decatur, including the following: Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Captain Stephen Decatur Papers, 1801-1805, 1820, 1 vol., 75 items; additional material in Daniel Parker Papers. Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. The Decatur House Papers (in the Beale Family Papers), 1801-1957, 8 items, 8 ft. Naval Historical Foundation. Captain Stephen Decatur Papers, 1800-1801, 3 items, includes log kept on board U.S.S. "Philadelphia." New York Historical Society. Captain Stephen Decatur, Jr. Papers, 1806-1807, 2 items; Mrs. Stephen Decatur Papers, 1824-1825, 2 items. Philadelphia Maritime Museum. Captain Stephen Decatur Papers, 1804, 1 item. Western Reserve Historical Society. Captain Stephen Decatur Papers, 1817, 2 items, includes report on defense and fortification of Chesapeake Bay and related British material.

Several other manuscript collections at the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division contain documents pertaining to the War of 1812. Among these are the Wilfred Mason Barton Papers, the Causten Family Papers, the Charles Lacey Papers, the Maryland Province Archives of the Society of Jesus, the Joseph Mobberly SJ Papers, and letters of Commodore John Rodgers.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES: Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), an American naval officer and War of 1812 hero, was born in Sinepuxent, near Berlin, Maryland in 1779. The son of American naval officer and privateer Stephen Decatur (1752-1808), he was commissioned a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1798. After rising to his first command in 1803, Stephen Decatur participated in the Tripolitan War (1801-1805). During that war, he became famous for his daring capture and burning of the U.S. frigate "Philadelphia" in Tripoli harbor in 1804. For that action he was promoted to captain. He took part in the bombardment of Tripoli and negotiated with the bey of Tunis. Decatur returned to America in 1805 and assumed command of naval forces on the southeastern coast in 1808. It was in 1808 that Decatur served as one of the judges on the court-martial that suspended Captain James Barron following the "Chesapeake-Leopard" incident. Decatur distinguished himself during the War of 1812, especially when the U.S.S. "United States," under his command, captured the H.M.S. "Macedonian" off Madeira on October 25, 1812. The British blockaded him with his prize in New London, Connecticut not long thereafter. In early 1815, he boldly attempted to run the blockade of New York with the U.S.S. "President." This action led to an engagement with several British vessels and his surrender. As a commodore in the Algerine War in 1815, he dictated a treaty with Algiers. He also exacted settlements from Tunis and Tripoli. From 1815 to 1820, Decatur held a powerful role as a navy commissioner, and he and his wife lived in the nation's capital and played an integral role in Washington's social and political life during that period. Initially, they lived next door to the Madisons in a house in one of the "Seven Buildings." In 1818-1819, Benjamin Henry Latrobe built the couple a house, which came to be known as Decatur House, next to Lafayette Square (then known as President's Square). Stephen Decatur lived in that house but 14 months as he was killed in a duel at Bladensburg, Maryland by his longtime enemy Captain James Barron on March 22, 1820.

Susan Decatur was born the daughter of Luke Wheeler, who served for a time as mayor of Norfolk, Virginia. In 1826, several years after her husband's death, she began her efforts to obtain the prize money owed her husband for his capture of the "Philadelphia." In time, Susan Decatur became one of Georgetown College's most important benefactors at a time when the college experienced financial trouble. In 1834, she decided to donate $7,000 to the college, and she provided that sum of money in 1837 after being awarded a federal pension. Under the agreement with Georgetown College, Mrs. Decatur received an annuity payment of $644 per year until her death. At the time of her death on July 21, 1860, her claim for the prize money from the "Philadelphia" was still unresolved by Congress. Susan Decatur lived for a time in a house known as Decatur Cottage, which was located on land adjacent to Georgetown College on a site close to what is now the site of the White-Gravenor building. While the land is now part of Georgetown University, in Mrs. Decatur's time it was not on college grounds. The Decatur Cottage was built by William Brook, the father of carpenter Joseph Brook. For a history of Decatur Cottage and a description of its many inhabitants, see the "Georgetown College Journal" (Vol. 5, No. 7, p. 73-4, April 1877; Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 34, December 1877; and Vol. 6, No. 5, p. 52, February 1878). A photograph of Decatur Cottage is preserved in the University Archives photo file. Falling into disrepair by 1877, the house was torn down on November 21 and 22 of that year. Susan Decatur converted to the Catholic faith in 1828. Rev. John Curley, S.J. was her confessor. She was buried in the Old Georgetown College Cemetery located immediately to the northwest of the current White-Gravenor building. Her remains were subsequently moved to Holy Rood Cemetery and subsequent to that to St. Peter's churchyard in Philadelphia, where she rests beside her husband. The records of Holy Rood Cemetery are stored in the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division.

Sources: Curran, Robert Emmett, S.J. "The Bicentennial History of Georgetown University: From Academy to University, 1789-1889." Volume 1. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1993. "Concise Dictionary of American Biography." New York: Scribner's, 1964. "Decatur House." Eds. Helen Duprey Bullock et al. Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1968. "Who Was Who in America: Historical Volume, 1607-1896." Chicago: Marquis, 1963.

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SYNOPSIS - The Stephen and Susan Decatur Papers are arranged into two (2) series as described below:

SERIES 1 - Correspondence to Stephen Decatur. Consists of the Stephen Decatur letter book containing laudatory letters sent to him after the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian." Original order of letters maintained. Each letter has been cataloged as a separate folder.

SERIES 2 - Correspondence to Susan Decatur. Consists of letters sent to Susan Decatur while she was living in Georgetown, mostly regarding her claims before Congress. Arranged chronologically.

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ABBREVIATIONS:

ALS - Autograph Letter Signed.
AMS - Autograph Manuscript Signed.

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ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open.

Photocopying: Photocopies of letters to Stephen Decatur in the letter book are not permitted due to preservation concerns. Photocopies of letters to Susan Decatur are permitted.

Provenance: Gift of Susan Decatur.

Processed by Scott S. Taylor, May 2000.

BULK DATES: 1812 - 1835
SPAN DATES: 1812 - 1845
EXTENT: 1 box (0.25 l.f.)

FOLDER DESCRIPTIONS

SERIES: 1. Letters to Stephen Decatur

DESCRIPTION: Consists of the Stephen Decatur letter book containing laudatory letters sent to him after the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian." Original order of letters maintained. Each letter cataloged as a separate folder.

Box 1 Folder 1
12/10/1812

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 12/10/1812 from the Washington Benevolent Society of Massachusetts to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), congratulating him on the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian." Sent from Boston to New York. Signed by Arnold Welles (1761-1827), William Sullivan (1774-1839), Francis Oliver, and Henry Purkitt. Includes a copy of the resolution voted by the Washington Benevolent Society of Massachusetts on 12/8/1812, thanking Decatur and his crew for their valor, signed by Samuel Shaw, with reference to Josiah Quincy (1772-1864).
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Box 1 Folder 2
12/19/1812
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 12/19/1812 from Colonel John Smith to Stephen Decatur, commending him for his victory in the naval action of the U.S.S. "United States" against the H.M.S. "Macedonian" and inviting him, on behalf of the 1st Regiment of Pennsylvania Cavalry, to visit the city of Philadelphia. Reference to Trenton, New Jersey. Sent from Philadelphia.
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Box 1 Folder 3
12/18/1812
DESCRIPTION: 1 AMS dated 12/18/1812 resolutions by the City of New York, commending Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), Isaac Hull (1773-1843), Jacob Jones (1768-1850), and their crews for capturing the British vessels "Macedonian," "Guerriere," and "Frolic." The document advocates a strong naval establishment and expresses support for a bill in Congress to build more ships. Signed by Richard Varick (1753-1831) and Gurdon Saltonstall Mumford (1764-1831), with reference to Oliver Wolcott (1760-1833).
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Box 1 Folder 4
12/14/1812 - 1/22/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/22/1813 from John Barker, Mayor of Philadelphia, to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), commending him and his crew for the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" against the H.M.S. "Macedonian." The Select and Common Councils of the City of Philadelphia wished to present Decatur with a sword. Reference to Philadelphia as Decatur's native city. The letter also was signed by John Reade, Thomas Latimer[?], and Liberty Browne. Sent from Philadelphia to New York. Also, 1 AMS resolution of the Select Council of the City of Philadelphia dated 12/14/1812 accompanies the letter, thanking Decatur and mentioning the commemorative sword; document signed by Thomas Leiper (1745-1825).
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Box 1 Folder 5
12/21/1812
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 12/21/1812 from Augustine H. Lawrence and William Henderson, on behalf of the City of New York, to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), inviting him to attend a public dinner in his honor at the City Hotel in New York on 12/29/1812.
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Box 1 Folder 6
1/7/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/7/1813 from the General Assembly of Virginia to Stephen Decatur [document has fallen out of letter book and is placed in Box 1 Folder 13 of this collection]. 1 AMS (copy) dated 1/7/1812: resolutions of General Assembly of Virginia honoring Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), Lieutenant William H. Allen (1784-1813), and Lieutenant John B. Nicholson; signed by William Munford (1775-1825) and Theodosius Hansford; includes references to U.S.S. "United States" and H.M.S. "Macedonian." See also: Box 1 Folder 14 in this collection for the document bearing postmark of Richmond 1/8/1813 which also was formerly contained in the letter book.
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Box 1 Folder 7
2/10/1813 - 2/12/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/12/1813 from Richard Varick (1753-1831) to Stephen Decatur, informing him that he has been elected as a member of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati, with reference to Henry S. Dodge; sent from New York City. Attached is 1 AMS by Dodge admitting Decatur to the New York State Society of the Cincinnati and 1 ALS dated 2/10/1813 from Dodge to Decatur informing him of his election as an honorary member; sent from New York City to Commodore Decatur at Broadway.
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Box 1 Folder 8
1/13/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/13/1813 from Samuel Relf to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), regarding Philadelphia's commendation of Decatur. Sent from Philadelphia to New York City.
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Box 1 Folder 9
2/7/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/7/1813 from the Legislature of Maryland to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), honoring him; sent from Annapolis. Attached is 1 AMS (copy) resolving that the Legislature of Maryland honor Isaac Hull (1773-1843), Charles Morris (1784-1856), Jacob Jones (1768-1850), James Biddle (1783-1848), and Decatur; with references to the U.S.S. "Constitution," H.M.S. "Guerriere," U.S.S. "Wasp," H.M.S. "Frolic," U.S.S. "United States," and H.M.S. "Macedonian;" signed by Upton S. Reid, clerk of the House of Delegates. Sent to Commodore Decatur in New York City.
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Box 1 Folder 10
2/22/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/22/1813 from Timothy Bigelow, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), thanking him for his gallantry in the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian;" sent from Boston to Commodore Decatur in Philadelphia but forwarded to him in New York City. Attached is 1 AMS: resolutions of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts dated 2/20/1813, honoring William Bainbridge (1774-1833), Decatur, Isaac Hull (1773-1843), and Jacob Jones (1768-1850), with references to the H.M.S. "Java," H.M.S. "Macedonian," H.M.S. "Guerriere," and H.M.S. "Frolic;" signed by speaker Bigelow and clerk Benjamin Pollard.
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Box 1 Folder 11
3/16/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 3/16/1813 from Daniel D. Thompkins (1774-1825), on behalf of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate, to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), commending him and his crew for their bravery in the battle between the U.S.S. "United States" and the H.M.S. "Macedonian;" sent from Albany. Attached is 1 AMS dated 2/27/1813: resolutions of the New York State Legislature honoring Isaac Hull (1773-1843), Jacob Jones (1768-1850), Decatur, William Bainbridge (1774-1825) with references to the H.M.S. "Guerriere," H.M.S. "Frolic," H.M.S. "Java;" signed by clerk Jas. Van Ingen.
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Box 1 Folder 12
undated
DESCRIPTION: 1 undated ALS to Stephen Decatur from the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of New London, Connecticut, congratulating him for the recent victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian" and inviting him to visit their city; sent from New London, Connecticut.
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Box 1 Folder 13
1/7/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/7/1813 from James Barbour (1775-1842), Governor of Virginia (1812-1815), to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), William Henry Allen (1784-1813), and John B. Nicholson, congratulating them, on behalf of the General Assembly of Virginia, on the victory of the U.S.S. "United States" over the H.M.S. "Macedonian." Sent from Richmond. This letter was formerly in the Decatur letter book, immediately preceding the Virginia General Assembly resolutions cataloged as Box 1 Folder 6 of the Decatur Papers.
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Box 1 Folder 14
1/8/1813
DESCRIPTION: 1 envelope addressed to Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) in New York, postmarked Richmond, Virginia 1/8/1813. This item was formerly in the Decatur letter book immediately after the Virginia General Assembly resolutions cataloged as Box 1 Folder 6 of the Decatur Papers.
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Box 1 Folder 15
undated
DESCRIPTION: 1 envelope addressed to Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), postmarked Washington, D.C. Addressed to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 16
5/6/1812
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS circular dated 5/6/1812 from Paul Hamilton (1762-1816), U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1809-1813), to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), requesting a list of officers under his command; sent from Navy Department, Washington, D.C. to Decatur at Norfolk, Virginia.
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Box 1 Folder 17
6/13/1812 6/13/1812
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 6/13/1812 from Paul Hamilton (1762-1816), U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1809-1813), to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), in reference to a recommendation for Edward Carter, one of Decatur's sailors; sent from Navy Department, Washington, D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.
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Box 1 Folder 18
Decatur Medal
undated
DESCRIPTION: 1 printed item: engraving of the "Decatur Medal."
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SERIES: 2. Letters to Susan Decatur

DESCRIPTION: Consists of letters sent to Susan Decatur while she was living in Georgetown, mostly regarding her claims before Congress. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 19
1/9/1831
DESCRIPTION: 1 brief ALS dated 1/9/1831 from an unidentified correspondent to Susan Decatur; sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 20
12/31/1831
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 12/31/1831 from Henry Horn (1786-1862), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1831-1833), to Susan Decatur, in regard to her claim pending before Congress. Horn pledges to support her claim and praises the gallantry of her late husband Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Sent from Philadelphia to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 21
1/2/1832
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/2/1832 from Lewis Cass (1782-1866), U.S. Secretary of War (1782-1866), to Susan Decatur, expressing his regret that her claim before Congress is unresolved. Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 22
2/2/1832
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/2/1832 from E.D. White to Susan Decatur, in regard to the claim of Jonathan Smith, with discussion of a visit and possible reference to Edward Livingston (1764-1836). Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia. Also, 1 envelope postmarked Washington, D.C. addressed to Susan Decatur from E.D. White.
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Box 1 Folder 23
2/8/1832
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/2/1832 from an unidentified correspondent to Susan Decatur, regarding her claim before Congress; sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 24
2/26/1832
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/26/1832 from Edward Everett (1794-1865), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1825-1835), to Susan Decatur, regarding her claim before Congress. Reference to an amendment by Dutee Jerauld Pearce (1789-1849), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island (1825-1837). Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 25
11/8/1832
DESCRIPTION: 1 brief ALS (with envelope) dated 11/8/1832 from Edward Livingston (1764-1836), U.S. Minister to France (1833-1835), to Susan Decatur. Postmarked Washington, D.C. Addressed to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 26
1/3/1834
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/3/1834 from Sir Charles R. Vaughan, British Minister to the U.S., to Susan Decatur, informing her he intends to pay her a visit as soon as his health is better. Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 27
1/9/1834
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/9/1834 from John Mercer Patton (1797-1858), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1830-1838), to Susan Decatur. Sent from the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 28
2/7/1834
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/7/1834 from George McDuffie (1790-1851), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1821-1834), to Susan Decatur, regarding her claim before Congress. McDuffie claims that her case has a good chance for success at the present moment. Includes reference to Andrew Stevenson (1784-1857), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1821-1834) and Speaker of the House (1827-1834). Sent from the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 29
6/13/1834
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 6/13/1834 from John Mercer Patton (1797-1858), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1830-1838), to Susan Decatur, regarding her claim before Congress. Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 30
2/5/1835
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 2/5/1835 from John Mercer Patton (1797-1858), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1830-1838), to Susan Decatur, with reference to her claim before Congress. Reference to the U.S.S. "Philadelphia." Sent from Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Folder 31
12/31/1835
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 12/31/1835 from Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), Secretary of the U.S. Navy (1834-1838), to Susan Decatur, informing her that no provisions in the pension laws make her eligible for a pension. However, Dickerson expresses his hope that Congress will grant her a pension anyway. Sent from Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
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Box 1 Folder 32
4/3/1837
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 4/3/1837 from Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), Secretary of the U.S. Navy (1834-1838), to Susan Decatur, informing her that he is waiting for the decision of Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795-1858), U.S. Attorney General (1833-1838), on the matter of her pension. Sent from Navy Department, Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia. Envelope retained.
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Box 1 Folder 33
4/19/1837
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 4/19/1837 from Mahlon Dickerson (1770-1853), Secretary of the U.S. Navy (1834-1838), to Susan Decatur, informing her that she is awarded a pension of fifty dollars per month. Reference to Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). Sent from Navy Department, Washington, D.C. to Georgetown, District of Columbia.
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Box 1 Flder 34
4/2/1845
DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 4/2/1845 from Joseph Reed Ingersoll (1786-1868), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1841-1849), to Susan Decatur, regarding a bill in Congress. Sent from Philadelphia.
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