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Letter of recommendation to the Secretary of the Navy, James Krike Paulding, regarding James Shepard Thornton of New Hampshire for the position of Midshipman, signed by members of the US Senate and House of Representatives from New Hampshire: Henry Hubbard, Franklin W. Pierce, C. G. Artherton, Jared W Williams, Ira A Eastman, Edward W Burke, and Tristham Shaw, 1840.


[recto] To the Hon. James K. Paulding Secretary of the Navy The undersigned beg leave earnestly to recommend Shepard Thornton of New Hampshire for appointment as Midshipman. He is the only son of Hon. James B. Thornton late of Merrimac in N.H. who was formerly 2 [symbol] degree Comptroller of the Treasury Department, & ^ who died at Lima in the public service, while Charge des Affaires at Peru. He is great grandson + the only surviving descendant in the male line of Matthew Thornton Signer of the Declaration of Independence. By the death of his father he is left without sufficient means of procuring an education, + his appointment will give great satisfaction to the citizens of New Hampshire who cherish a deep regard for his Ancestors. [signed] Henry Hubbard Fr. W. Pierce C.G. Atherton Jared W Williams Ira A Eastman Edmund Burke Tristram Shaw [annotation on verso docket by Paulding]

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James Shepard Thornton, James Krike Paulding, recommendation letter, Secretary of the Navy, Midshipman, Merrimac, New Hampshire, Matthew Thornton, James B Thornton, Henry Hubbard, Franklin Pierce, Charles Gordon Atherton, Jared W Williams, Ira A Eastman, Edward W burke, Tristham Shaw, 1840, senate, Peru, Lima

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Letter of recommendation to James Kirke Paulding regarding James Shepard Thornton, signed by members of the U.S. Congressional delegation from New Hampshire. 1840.



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