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Drayton writes he is glad to hear that McCauley's health is improving and invites him to Washington, D.C. if he has time to visit. At the time of writing, McCauley was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy and Drayton was head of the Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail within the Navy; this letter is written on the bureau's stationary.


Navy Department, Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail, Washington, D.C., July 28 1865 My dear McCauley I have intended every day to answer your letter, but cant get the time to write more than an acknowledgement, and will do the rest later. I am glad to hear that your health is getting better, and trust that before the summer is over you will have got all the western miasma out of your system and be ready for work. Should you find time to come on here I will be very glad to see you, and in the mean time with kind remembrance to Madame I am as always, Most sincerely yours [signed] P. Drayton Lt Comr Ely McCauley Philadelphia

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Percival Drayton, McCauly, McCauley, Washington D.C., Navy, Bureau of Navigation, Ely McCauly, Ely McCauley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 July 1865, 1865, Bureau of Navigation and Office of Detail

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May 2014

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Percival Drayton letter to Ely McCauley, July 28, 1865, Washington, D.C.



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