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Mason Family, Sections 2-7

A Guide to the Mason Family Papers, 1825-1902.
Sections 2-7. Correspondence, 1844-1859, of John Young Mason (1799-1859).
Call Number Mss1 M3816 d 5-2,800


Alphabetical list of Significant Correspondents

The materials in these sections are arranged chronologically according to the following divisions:

Section 2. Correspondence, 1844-1845 March 4, while Mason was serving as Secretary of the Navy under John Tyler
Section 3. Correspondence, 1845 March 5-1846 October 16, while Mason was serving as Attorney General under James K. Polk
Section 4. Correspondence, 1846 October 20-1847, while Mason was serving as Secretary of the Navy under James K. Polk
Section 5. Correspondence, 1848-1849 March 4, while Mason was serving as Secretary of the Navy under James K. Polk, continued
Section 6. Correspondence, 1849 March 6-1853, while Mason was practicing law and serving as President of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company
Section 7. Correspondence, 1855-1859, while Mason was living in Paris and serving as U.S. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to France

The list below is intended to provide alphabetical access to significant correspondents across these chronological divisions.

Author/Recipient

Date

Place

Summary

“A Friend to the Navy”

1847 Aug 12

 

Concerns unequal treatment of Naval personnel

“A Working Man”

1847 Sep 11

Lancaster, Pa.

Concerns the appointment of Capt. Slidell Mackenzie to the command of a sloop-of-war

Adams, Richard

1845 Sep 1

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Judge Thruston’s death and rumors that Mason would get the appointment; feels it would be detrimental for Mason to take the position; in favor of Judge Bibb for the appointment

Adams, Richard

1846 Dec 6

Richmond, Va.

Recommends Dr. Spark of Southampton County, Va., for appointment as quartermaster for the Brigade of Southern Volunteers

Adams, Richard

1847 Aug 26

New York, N.Y.

He and his brothers wish to purchase the Robert M. Boykin farm; said farm turned out not to be as represented to him; now in litigation

Adams, Richard

1847 Aug 29

 

[from John Young Mason to Adams] Concerns Dr. Boykin’s plantation; tells Adams he can have nothing to do with arbitration in the matter

Adams, Richard

1847 Sep 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s letter of August 29

Addison, H., Mayor’s office

1847 Jul 1

Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Mason’s slave has been apprehended and is being safely confined awaiting orders as to where he is to be delivered [see letter of 1847 June 27 of Edward H. Carmichael to the mayor of Georgetown]

Aldrich, E. F.

1848 Jun 26

New York, N.Y.

[to Col. William Grandin, Washington, D.C.] Concerns a bill before the Senate; wants amendment to authorize the building of a war steamer by Aldrich

Allen, Harvey H.

1845 Jan 30

Houston, Tex.

Enclosing paper drawn up by the Houston Bar recommending John Charles Watrons to be a federal judge in Texas; conflict in late laws of Congress and existing laws of Texas; also concerns Texas politics and Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and Thomas J. Rusk

Allmand, John

1845 Aug 27

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns application for purser by William Allmand, Commander Skinner’s private secretary; Mason’s appointment

Allmand, John

1847 Apr 14

Norfolk, Va.

Wants letter of introduction and recommendation to Gen. Campbell, U.S. Consul at Havana

Anderson, Joseph Reid

1844 Dec 19

 Richmond, Va.

Concerns the use of hired slaves as employees at Tredegar Iron Works

Anderson, Joseph Reid

1848 Dec 19

Richmond, Va.

Questions concerning travel from Panama to San Francisco

Anderson, Walker

1845 Mar 28

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns tariffs, the organization of the government of Florida, politics, and appointments to office

Anderson, Walker

1845 Jun 1

Pensacola, Fla.

Recommend of Dr. Samuel W. Spencer as collector of customs in Apalachicola (enclosed letter to President Polk is wanting)

Anderson, Walker

1845 Jul 7

Tallahassee, Fla.

Asks John Young Mason’s aid in getting an appointment as Navy Agent at Pensacola

Anderson, Walker

1845 Jul 29

Pensacola, Fla.

Newly-appointed Navy agent at Pensacola, Fla., concerning the Memphis naval yard

Anderson, Walker

1845 Aug 8

Pensacola, Fla.

Letter of introduction for Judge Dillon Jordan, U.S. District Judge

Anderson, Walker

1845 Sep 20

Pensacola, Fla.

Recommends incumbent Eben Dor for temporary appointment as U.S. marshal until the appointment of a district judge

Anderson, Walker

1845 Nov 5

Pensacola, Fla.

Enclosing letter to the President for Mason to deliver; Florida politics; appointment of Mr. Young would help solidify the party and soothe feelings

Anderson, Walker

1845 Nov 28

Pensacola, Fla.

[to President James K. Polk] Recommends the appointment of J. H. Browne, of Key West, as marshal for that court

Anderson, Walker

1846 Nov 11

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns his son Cameron

Anderson, Walker

1846 Dec 11

Pensacola, Fla.

Letter of introduction for Charles H. Austin of Florida

Anderson, Walker

1847 Aug 8

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns the need for a chaplain at the Navy Yard at Pensacola.

Anderson, Walker

1847 Sep 2

Pensacola, Fla.

Thanks Mason for his prompt compliance with his request for a chaplain; also concerns dry docks; and Anderson’s son Cameron

Anderson, Walker

1847 Sep 23

Pensacola, Fla.

Letter of introduction for Lieut. Shuttleworth

Anderson, Walker

1848 Mar 14

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns news of Cameron’s Anderson’s appointment as purser

Anderson, Walker

1848 Apr 7

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns son Cameron and a bond; Mr. Young, the U.S. Attorney; the slow mail service; and Judge Jordan

Anderson, Walker

1848 Dec 20

Washington, D.C.

Requests that Mason present his name to President Polk for the mission to Rome

Anderson, Walker

1849 Feb 6

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns Purser Walker whose pay has been suspended

Anderson, Walker

1849 Jun 8

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns Capt. Peete and Mary Eliza Peete and loss of positions due to the change in administration

Archer, Richard T.

1847 Jun 5

Claiborne County, Miss

Offering his plantation “Chicopah” adjoining that of his relative, William S. Archer, and proposes partnership whereby he will use Mason’s slaves to work the plantation as well as one of his own.

Archer, William B.

1844 Oct 4

 

Seeks permission for his brother to occupy a building at Bellona Arsenal

Archer, William B.

1845 Mar 5

Richmond, Va.

Concerns finances and politics

Archer, William B.

1847 Jan 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns problems trying to raise a company to join the Virginia Regiment for Mexican service; now wants a commission in the “regular” service

Archer, William Segar

1844 Mar 24

Washington, D.C.

Advises Mason to take care in appointing [A. H.] Smith as his head clerk without sounding him out first

Archer, William Segar

1847 Jul 29

Washington, D.C.

Concerns John Young Mason’s failure to reply to Richard T. Archer’s offer concerning his Mississippi plantation [1847 June 5]

Armistead, Fabian

1847 Sep 14

Petersburg, Va.

Seeking office in Florida; Mason’s reply explains that due to the objections of citizens of the new state to appointments being made from outside, the President has ceased making such appointments

Armstrong, William M.

1847 Mar 9

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns rumors of Com. Strible’s return to active duty

Armstrong, William M.

1847 Jun 10

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns piracy in the Mediterranean; volunteers to take the USS St. Mary and help suppress it.

Armstrong, William M.

1848 Jun 8

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the USS Portsmouth as a flag ship and his assignment

Armstrong, William M.

1848 Aug 10

US Sloop Portsmouth

Complains about his cabin aboard the Portsmouth being too small

Aspinwall, William H.

1848 Mar 1

New York, N.Y.

Concerns intelligence about the Mexican Congress’s meeting to ratify the

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Aspinwall, William H.

1848 Sep 30

New York, N.Y.

Concerns using Navy vessels for dual use as both war ships and mail service

Aspinwall, William H.

1848 Oct 3

New York, N.Y.

Concerns steamers (ships)

Aspinwall, William H.

1848 Nov 25

New York, N.Y.

Recommending son-in-law of Col. Byrne of Virginia as an expert on raising cattle and processing the meat; also encloses extracts of letters sent him by Mr. Bissell of Tepic concerning gold in “Upper” California. Navy crewmembers are deserting their ships at Mazatlan and heading for the gold fields

Aspinwall, William H.

1848 Dec 23

 

[from Mason to Aspinwall] Concerns financial matters, crops, and cholera in New Orleans; bears note of R. W. Young concerning financial transactions for John Young Mason

Aspinwall, William H.

1849 Jan 11

New York, N.Y.

Concerns business he has transacted for Mason; cholera in New Orleans and Mason’s plantation; the sale of the Iris (ship); the return of the Panama (ship) and her repairs; the Oregon (ship) on her way to Rio; and the California (ship)

Aspinwall, William H.

1849 Feb 5

 

Concerns U.S. Sen. Jesse D. Bright and an investigation into unfair bidding for the steamship contracts

Aspinwall, William H.

1851 Mar 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the [Pacific Mail] Steamship Company and new legislation that puts all of the steamship lines on the same footing (enclosed bill is missing)

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Feb 14

Washington, D.C.

Wishes to know the precise popular vote in the last presidential election

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Feb 20

Washington, D.C.

Directions to [?]court house

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Mar 17

Smithfield, Va.

[copy made by Alexander P. Peete] Concerns recommendation for Alexander P. Peete for the position of inspector of revenue at Pensacola, Fla. Verso: copy [made by Peete] of letter, 1845 March 13, of David Levy Yulee making a like recommendation, and bearing note of A. P. Peete

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Apr 18

Smithfield, Va.

Politics; aided Maj. Cook in getting a position

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Aug 20

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns John A. Hunnicutt being a member of the Whig Party

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Oct 20

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns Sen. David Levy Yulee of Florida, Dr. Orris Browne, and C. C. Robinson

Atkinson, Archibald

1845 Dec 5

 

Concerns the letters of Carpenter and Cunningham concerning the Navy; requests aid in finding a position for brother James Atkinson

Atkinson, Archibald

1846 Apr 14

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Wyndham Robertson and [?] Walker

Atkinson, Archibald

1846 Sep 18

Smithfield, Va.

[from Mason to Atkinson] Concerns a leave of absence for [?] Johnson who is currently serving on board the USS St. Mary’s

Atkinson, Archibald

1846 Dec 15

U.S. House of Representatives

Concerns the appointment of Dr. James Cornick to the Brooklyn or Norfolk naval hospital

Atkinson, Archibald

1847 Apr 14

Smithfield, Va.

National politics

Atkinson, Archibald

1847 Jun 12

Smithfield, Va.

Recommends Thomas [?] for a job at the Gosport Navy Yard

Atkinson, Archibald

1847 Jun 29

Smithfield, Va.

Nominating Thomas T. Howard to fill the vacancy left by the death of [?] Webb, carpenter from N.Y.

Atkinson, Archibald

1847 Jul 30

Smithfield, Va.

Has learned the virtue of patience; politics; Congress; James K. Polk

Atkinson, Archibald

1848 Jan 10

Washington, D.C.

Concerns inequality in the apprenticeships at the Gosport Navy Yard

Atkinson, Archibald

1848 Feb 4

 

Recommends P. H. Cooke of Portsmouth to fill the vacancy of Dr. Young

Atkinson, Archibald

1848 Sep 1

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns the unsatisfactory mail service in Tidewater Virginia

Atkinson, Archibald

1848 Dec 5

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the son of Dr. Robert Butler who is sending paperwork in support of his claims for extra pay

Atkinson, Archibald

1849 Feb 19

 

Concerns an appointment for [?] Fitman in California and command of a sea going vessel for Capt. Levin Powell; verso has rough draft of Mason’s reply

Atkinson, Archibald

1849 Jun 13

Smithfield, Va.

Tells Mason he should come down, stay with him, and check on his plantation (Day’s Neck) and overseer Robert Blackwell; describes the care of one of Mason’s female slaves after she was severely beaten by Blackwell

Atkinson, Archibald

1851 Jul 15

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns a case in which John Young Mason is involved; money; an agricultural meeting in Richmond; and taxation

Aulick, John H.

1847 Nov 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the letter to Mason from “Ned Buntline”; Aulick believes the author is really a former midshipman named Edward Zane Carroll Judson [See Judson letters, 1847 Nov 4 and 11]

Babb, William T., Dr.

1847 Nov 29

USS Mississippi, off the coast of Mexico

Wants leave to go home to ill wife; Mason referred his letter to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Babb, William T., Dr.

1847 Dec 15

 

[from Mason to Babb] Denying request for leave to go home to sick wife

Bailey, Theodorus

1849 Jan 10

USN, New York

Concerns international law and blockades during time of war

Bailey, William

1846 Jun 3

Lake Providence, La.

Primarily concerns the case of Bailey v. Dozier (for nonpayment of a promissory note) and others

Barbour, John Strode

1845 Jun 26

Catalpa, Va.

Concerns [Thomas] Ritchie, John C. Calhoun, and politics

Barbour, John Strode

1845 Jul 18

 

Concerns a clerk for the president when he comes down; also, the remembrances of A. P. Hill are extended

Barbour, John Strode

1845 Jul 24

Catalpa, Va.

Democratic Party in peril; urges the election of Mr. Calhoun to the Senate

Barbour, John Strode

1846 Oct 1

Catalpa, Va.

Concerns difficulty in obtaining a copy of the will of his wife’s grandfather, [?] Byrne; also concerns the will of his wife’s father

Barbour, John Strode

1847 Feb 15

Washington, D.C.

Social invitation concerning his sons and daughter

Barbour, John Strode

1847 Mar 26

Catalpa, Va.

Concerns Duff Green, James K. Polk, and “Mr.” [John C.] Calhoun, and politics

Barbour, John Strode

1847 Apr 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Revolutionary War pensions; encloses printed House of Representatives report, no. 88, March 3, 1847, of the committee on Revolutionary claims

Barbour, John Strode

1847 Apr 17

Washington, D.C.

Concerns [?] Clifford, [?] McLane, and the payment of Revolutionary War claims

Barbour, John Strode

1847 May 6

Warrenton, Va.

Concerns a Revolutionary War claim, national politics, and John Strode Barbour, Jr.’s election to the Virginia legislature

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Jan [?]

 

Encloses a January 1 news clipping concerning “half pay” Revolutionary War pensions; also concerns court day and encloses newspaper notice concerning resolutions of the Democrats, including the appointment of delegates to the state convention in Richmond; has been named a candidate for re-election to the House of Delegates

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Jan 17

 

Concerns [Revolutionary] War claims, the inaction of the Secretary of War, William L. Marcy, and U.S. Attorney General Nathan Clifford

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Feb 3

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Sec. of War William L. Marcy, Judge [Thomas A.] Marshall of Kentucky, and Judge [Joseph Rogers] Underwood of Kentucky, now of the Senate, and interpretation of the law of 1832 [ possibly the tariff?]

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Feb 14

Washington, D.C.

Concerns [?] Gibbs, Revolutionary War pension claims, and interpretations of pension legislation

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Mar 2

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Sec. of War William L. Marcy’s lack of action in a Revolutionary War claims case

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Aug 8

Culpeper County, Va.

Concerns a letter from William T. Barbour [1848 Jul 30]; John explains William’s genealogy; asks Mason’s consideration to his request of a commission in the Marine Corps

Barbour, John Strode

1848 Sep 6

Culpeper County, Va.

Concerns the improved health of an unspecified member of Mason’s family; William T. Barbour; John S. Barbour’s bad leg; [Francis E.] Rives, [?] Scott, [?] Gordon and [?] Tyler; and politics.

Barbour, John Strode

1852 Nov 6

Culpeper, Va.

Apologizes for something and encourages Mason to set his aim toward the Supreme Court

Barbour, William T.

1848 Jul 30

Clifton, near West Port, Ky.

[to John Strode Barbour, Culpeper, Va.] Asks Barbour to use his influence with Mason to obtain a commission in the Marine Corps

Barham, Charles W.

1849 May 1

Fortsville, Southampton County, Va.

Acknowledges receipt of Mason’s note and mules; reports on activities at “Fortsville”

Barker, Sophie

1846 Oct 25

Washington, D.C.

Writing for her son-in-law W. W. Irwin, charge d’affaires at Copenhagen, concerning an appointment to the Naval School for his son; also, the possible recall of Irwin because of his political ties

[Barton, Edward H.]. Dr.

1847 Jul 30

Vera Cruz, Mexico

Enclosing copy (wanting) of report he made to Dr. [John B.] Porter, the present medical director; concerns Gen. [Gideon] Pillow[?], Col. [Henry] Wilson, a military hospital and Dr. [John T.] Macfarland [imperfect - fragment]

Barton, Edward H., Dr.

1847 Aug 6

Vera Cruz, Mexico

Letter of introduction for G. C. Louis Degenhardt, superintendent of workers for a company to open a route through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Barton, Edward H., Dr.

1849 Feb [?]

 

Concerns the use of Navy records to augment his study on the effects of climate on health and the effects of pure air (i.e., sea duty) on health; also studying sailors’ illnesses

Barton, Seth

1847 Jun 22

Washington, D.C.

Concerning a deed of trust for Barton and the marketing of his furniture

Barton, Seth

1847 Sep 28

Washington, D.C.

Concerns previous correspondence with Mason and the problem with the transportation of his (Barton’s) baggage to Valparaiso

Barton, Thomas B.

1847 Jun 9

 

Letter of introduction for Francis T. Wiatt who has 2 sons in the Navy

Barton, Thomas B.

1847 Oct 13

 

Concerns his brother, military surgeon Dr. Edward H. Barton, currently stationed in Vera Cruz, Mexico with Dr. [John T.] Macfarland, and his frustration at work in Vera Cruz

Barton, [Thomas B.]

1848 Sep 26

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the case against son [Seth Maxwell Barton], a cadet at West Point (see S. Barton, 1848 Sep 23)

Barton, W[illiam] S.

1848 Sep 22

Fredericksburg, Va.

Concerns the court martial of his brother [Seth Maxwell Barton], a West Point Cadet, for drinking and misconduct, and the effect his dismissal from the Academy would have on his family

Barton, [?]

1845 Jul 23

New Orleans, La.

Concerns Col. Claiborne, timber agent and Richard M. Carter

Baskervill, George D.

1848 Sep 26

Washington, D.C.

In town with wife for 24 hours; invites Mason to call

Baskervill, George D.

1849 Mar 22

Ridgeway, N.C.

Wants Mason to write letters of introduction to Gen. Persifor F. Smith and others for John E. Jones who is going out to California as Baskervill’s partner in a gold digging enterprise

Bates, George

1845 Jul 7

Michigan

[to President James K. Polk] Concerns a pardon for Robert Bailey; judgment attached

Bates, Hyde & Co.

1852 Jul 26

Bridgewater, Mass.

Concerns Mason’s broken cotton gin at his plantation below Helena, Ark., and offering to sell him a new one

Batte, William C.

1847 Jan 20

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Thomas [Applewhite] going to Texas with him; intends to send him to school in Nashville, Tenn. (Mason is Thomas’s guardian; Batte appears to be Thomas’s teacher)

Baxter, Eli H.

1845 Feb 27

Sparta, Ga.

Recommends John Green Mitchell of Ga. as collector of the port of Apalachicola

Baxter, Eli H.

1845 Apr 24

Sparta, Ga.

Politics

Bayly, Thomas Henry

1847 Mar 3

U.S. House of Representatives

Concerns new federal legislation concerning pilots of ships and other naval regulations; wants them repealed, as they conflict with state laws

Bayly, Thomas Henry

1848 Sep 8

Mount Custis, Accomack County, Va.

Concerns the loss of his brother; also expresses his condolences to John Young Mason on his loss [of son Francis]

Beale, Richard Lee Turberville

1848 Mar 12

Washington, D.C.

Seeking continuation of temporary employment of Julian Robins

Beale, Richard Lee Turberville

1849 Feb 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Purser Price; also concerns leave of absence for his nephew Pierce Crosby

Beaman, Richard Henry, Dr.

1847 Nov 24

Suffolk, Va.

Concerns S. Drury, one of the commissioners appointed to divide land between Beaman’s wife and Thomas Applewhite, a minor; asks Mason to appoint someone to look after Applewhite’s interests; also, wants copy of survey

Beamon, Richard Henry, Dr.

1851 Jan 17

Suffolk, Va.

Will be in Richmond the end of the month to see John Young Mason and desires to have the unsettled business between them closed

Beck, Morris B., Dr.

1847 Apr 10

Fredericksburg, Va.

Requests that someone else take his place as doctor on board the USS Union as he wants to stay with his new wife; verso shows letter referred to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; bears note of Thomas Harris advising no change in orders

Belsches, James H.

1845 Feb 22

Prince George County, Va.

Reference for William G. Birchett to be appointed collector of customs at City Point, Va.

Bernard, David Meade

1845 Nov 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns accounts relative to Mason’s wards

Bernhardt, E.

1858 Feb 27

Meiningen, Germany

Concerns Mason’s son St. George Tucker Mason and his sledding accident at school in which he broke his leg; includes his treatment by the Duke’s surgeon and updates on his condition

Berret, James G.

1850 Feb 3

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the Washington monument

Biddle, James

1847 Mar 12

USS Columbus at Monterey, Mexico

[to Edward McCall, Lima, Peru] Concerns his voyage from New York; also concerns war with Mexico

Biddle, Richard

1846 Dec 22

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Concerns orders for his brother, Com. [James] Biddle to proceed to the northwest coast

Binford, James M.

1845 Mar 20

Portsmouth, Va.

[to Dr. William Collins] Concerns Tidewater, Va., politics and the slow down at the Navy Yard

Bingham, William James

1848 Jun 8

“The Oaks,” Orange County, N.C.

Concerns his school and a place for Joe (probably Joseph Mason, John Y. Mason’s ward) to board; also concerns the local post office

Bingham, William James

1848 Jun 9

“The Oaks,” Orange County, N.C.

Bingham has located a place for Joseph [Mason] to board

Bingham, William James

1848 Oct 9

“The Oaks,” Orange County, N.C.

Concerns whether or not Joseph Mason will be attending the next session of Bingham’s school.

Birchett, William G.

1845 Feb 10

Prince George County, Va.

Concerns efforts to remove [Joshua] Poythress from his office [custom’s inspector for City Point, Va.] because of his party affiliation; asks for letter of reference to replace Poythress

Bird, Henry D.

1845 Apr 14

Petersburg, Va.

President of the Petersburg & Roanoke Railroad, concerns the postmaster general holding payment for the 1st quarter until the railroad signs a new contract for carrying the mail

Bird, Henry D.

1845 Dec 5

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns dividends on Joseph Mason’s Petersburg Railroad stock; also concerns carrying the mail and “night running”; thoughts on extending mail service by the railroad to South Carolina; possible financing plan

Bird, Henry D.

1846 Aug 15

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution, and asks for Mason’s help to secure the position of director for his brother, Robert Montgomery Bird; also concerns a legal case between the state of NC and the Petersburg Railroad Co.

Bird, Henry D.

1847 May 16

Petersburg, Va.

Putting a train at John Young Mason’s disposal

Blackwell, Robert

1848 Jul 17

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns hams and bacon sent John Young Mason, and reports on the crops and slaves at Day’s Neck

Blackwell, Robert

1850 Sep 12

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

[to Lewis E. Mason] Concerns crops at Day’s Neck and the death of “Old Boston”; letter bears a post script of Lewis concerning the price of brandy and asking whether or not to hold it until prices rise at Christmas

Blair, John Geddes

1844 Sep 19

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerning a promissory note from Mason held by Maj. [?] Christian

Blair, John Geddes

1849 Jan 2

Farmers’ Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns John Young Mason’s financial matters

Bland, William R.

1845 Aug 8

Abbeville, Va.

Received Mason’s letter of January on July 31; account against Smith never reached him

Bland, William R.

1845 Nov 21

Abbeville, Va.

Financial matters

Bland, William R.

1850 Nov 9

Abbeville, Va.

Concerns a judgement obtained by John Young Mason against Samuel B. Jeter in 1841

Bleecker, John van B.

1847 Jan 28

New York, N.Y.

Acceptance of commission as purser

Bleecker, John van B.

1848 Apr 7

US Store-ship Relief, Pensacola Navy Yard

Concerns reassignment from his current position of purser

Bleecker, Rosalie

1848 Jan 28

New York, N.Y.

Wants her husband (John van B. Bleecker) home

Bloodgood, DeWitt

1848 May 11

New York, N.Y.

Concerns an editorial complimentary of John Young Mason; encloses clipping and related note of Lieut. Lynch to Mason

Blunt, Ellen Key

1850 Jan 1

Cincinnati, Ohio

Concerns naming a child after Mason; January 5th addendum announces the birth of a new nephew, Francis Key Pendleton , on January 3; also speculates on what Christmas must be like in the California gold fields

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1845 Apr 4

Sierra Leone, Africa

Concerns suppressing slavery and capturing the schooner Spitfire with “no spilt blood or opposition”; also concerns Paul Faber who runs the slave factory on the Pongo River and another slave factory about 8 miles further inland owned by a Mrs. Lightburn

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1846 Oct 3

Baltimore, Md.

Wants to be one of the group if the President decides to have the Navy attack Tampico or Vera Cruz

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1846 Nov 6

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns shore duty for Purser George F. Cutter

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1847 Feb 25

Norfolk, Va.

Introducing Henry T. Rolando

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1847 May 8

US Flagship at Anton Lizardo

Expresses gratitude for Mason’s many kindnesses to his dear Ellen

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1847 Nov 18

 

Acknowledges receipt of $40 from Mason and announces the birth of his daughter on the preceding Sunday; also concerns “Clay’s folly” and encloses article from the Baltimore Sun

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1850 Aug 31

San Francisco, Calif.

Has been in Oregon; concerns Sec. of the Navy William Ballard Preston and Zachary Taylor (whom he did not know had died July 9), and national politics

Blunt, Simon Fraser

1852 Dec 21

 

Concerns the importance of the Virginia Legislature ceding the land to the U.S. government where proposed lighthouses are to be built - enclosed printed copy of [Va.] Bill No. 677 authorizing the Governor of Virginia to cede jurisdiction over listed areas to the U.S. for building of lighthouses (not to exceed 3 acres for any one site) primarily along the James and Potomac Rivers

Bolton, William Compton

1844 Apr 5

 

As president of the board appointed to establish a uniform system of accountability in the receipt and expenditure of public property on shipboard, gives Mason the recommendations of the board regarding ships’s libraries

Bolton, William Compton

1845 Mar 13

USS Pennsylvania, Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Navy business and regrets at Mason’s removal from the Navy Dept.; encloses copy of his letter to William Hilt of New York (port captain) with whom there had been conflict

Bolton, William Compton

1845 Aug 13

Red Sulphur Springs, Monroe County, Va.

Concerns the death of his secretary, leaving a vacancy

Bolton, William Compton

1846 Oct 5

New York, N.Y.

Congratulations on Mason’s re-appointment as Sec. of the Navy; also concerns the illness of his father-in-law and his own health; desires land duty

Bolton, William Compton

1847 Nov 29

USS Jamestown, Monrovia

Suggests making a consular appointment for Monrovia to act as a liaison with the government as well as to authenticate vessel documents; appointed person could also serve as Navy agent or storekeeper at the Navy’s Depot in Monrovia (current storekeeper is Gen. Lewis, a man of colour, a citizen of Monrovia; believes position should be held by “one of our countrymen”)

Bolton, William Compton

1848 Feb 9

USS Jamestown, off Lagos [Nigeria]

Wishes to be relieved of his present command early and sent to the Mediterranean; would like his relief ship to give Mrs.. Bolton and her “female attendant” passage to join him

Bolton, William Compton

1848 Feb 20

USS Jamestown, West Bay, Prince’s Island

Encloses copy of a “semi-official” letter left here for Sir Charles Hotham (Captain of the British Steamer, Penelope, Royal Navy)

Bolton, William Compton

1848 Mar 20

USS Jamestown, Monrovia Roads

Sending canes made of sassy wood for Mason and the President; relates how a brew made from sassy wood was used to determine guilt or innocense in portions of Africa; also sends samples of coffee and straw bags from Monrovia and Prince’s Island; encloses letter from Mrs. Bolton

Bolton, William Compton

1848 May 29

Madeira, Portugal

Sending “best Madeira that could be obtained on this island” as a present (cask that will yield about 70 bottles)

Booth, Edwin Gilliam

1844 Jun 19

Morgansville, Va. [now W. Va.]

Concerns his banking career and the problems that occurred under its new ownership after he sold the bank

Botts, Alexander L.

1844 Nov 10

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the Brooklyn Navy Yard and complaints about Navy agents

Botts, Alexander L.

1844 Nov 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns complaints about Navy agents; wants competitive bidding for contracts

Botts, Alexander L.

1844 Nov 13

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the payment of duties on imported items

Botts, Alexander L.

1845 Mar 10

New York, N. Y.

Denies knowledge of letter of [?] Benson that appeared in the Courier & Enquirer

Botts, Alexander L.

1845 Jul 31

New York, N.Y.

Asks Mason to advise Purser Charles O. Handy who has lost his commission (or honor); Mr. Bancroft has “treated him with most unnecessary harshness and severity”

Botts, Alexander L.

1845 Dec 10

New York, N.Y.

Concerns orders for Purser [Joseph N.] Terry; also concerns the President’s message

Botts, Alexander L.

1846 Jun 12

New York, N.Y.

Lost his business; needs something to support his large family

Botts, Alexander L.

1846 Dec 18

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the purchase of the steamer Bangor and Com. Morris

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 Mar 9

New York, N.Y.

Concerns politics and floating vs. sectional docks

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 Mar 20

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a money-making scheme for the Navy Dept. and the U.S. government; engines; sectional v. balance docks; and a Navy contract for cheese and butter

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 May 7

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the purchase of engines

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 Jul 1

New York, N.Y.

Concerns inventors, patents, and dock construction for the Navy; also has a post script addressed to John Young Mason as acting Secretary of State concerning the appointment of Vanbrugh Livingston as consul to Havre

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 Nov 9

New York, N.Y.

Soliciting an appointment as a midshipman from New York for the son of Schuyler Livingston; New York politics; the Wilmot Proviso; and floating docks on the west coast

Botts, Alexander L.

1847 Dec 2

New York, N.Y.

Relating his solution to the dock controversy

Botts, Alexander L.

1848 Jul 1

[Washington, D.C.]

Detained by his ill wife; concerns Oregon; transportation of goods to the Pacific coast; allegations of concealment and fraud; asks Mason to submit the matter to the Attorney General

Botts, Alexander L.

1848 Aug 3

New York, N.Y.

Encloses Mr. [A. G. ] Benson’s proposition concerning Oregon (wanting) for Mason’s consideration and will return for his decision on Monday next

Botts, Alexander L.

1848 Aug 15

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a pending opinion of the Attorney General concerning Oregon and A.G. Benson & Co.

Botts, Alexander L.

1848 Sep 8

New York, N.Y.

Concerns [A. G.] Benson, [Sec. of State Daniel] Webster, Attorney General Isaac Toucey, and an un-named legal case [likely a conflict with F. Barreda & Brother of Baltimore, Md.]

Botts, Alexander L.

1848 Sep 25

New York, N.Y.

Concerns mail service connecting the East Coast and Pacific coast services

Botts, Alexander L.

1849 Jan 29

 

Concerns the desire of Townsend Harris, of New York, to become collector of customs in California

Botts, Charles T.

1845 Sep 20

Richmond, Va.

Concerns information on Indian corn for the emperor of Russia

Botts, Charles T.

1848 Oct 17

Monterey, Mexico

Letter of introduction for Lieut. Joseph Sanman, collector of the port

Boykin, Emily Ann (Mason)

1844 Oct 29

Ferry Point, Va.

Concerns family news and requests Mason to forward a letter to her husband, Dr. Robert Marshall Boykin

Boykin, Emily Ann (Mason)

1849 Sep 7

Portsmouth, Va. (Not postmarked until Oct. 8)

Concerns Mason’s financial matters - also concerns Dr. Young and much family news.

Boykin, Francis Marshall

1846 Mar 5

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Write in support of Dr. Robert Butler’s appointment as Collector in Norfolk

Boykin, Francis Marshall

1846 Jul 29

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the possible appointment of Shimuel Godwin at Old Point

Boykin, Francis Marshall

1848 Dec 1

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns Mason’s return to Virginia and the election of a governor

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1844 Oct 21

Ferry Point, Va.

Mason’s brother-in-law, asking Mason to endorse a note for Robert Young

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Jul 24

 

Mostly illegible. Gen. Crump’s son embraced religion at a camp meeting last summer and has been very pious every since; drought

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Aug 21

Ferry Point, Va.

Concerns clearing his debts, the purchase of a farm, and Robert’s illness

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Sep 6

Ferry Point, Va.

Concerns his debts

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Sep 26

Ferry Point, Va.

Concerns the payment of his debts

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Oct 9

Portsmouth, Va.

Financial matters

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Oct 26

Ferry Point, Va.

John Young Mason’s father is with them accompanied by Robert Mallory; expecting to take Emily home with him, but she will go for a visit after Christmas (partially illegible)

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Nov 21

Wooster, N.Y.

Financial matters, including sale of some slaves; Robert is progressing nicely in his studies

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1845 Dec 29

New York, N.Y.

Concerns letters to and from wife Emily (Mason’s sister); his letters not reaching her

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1846 Oct 13

Chuckatuck, Va.

Not able to sell his brandy in time to make a payment on his note at the Virginia Bank; financial matters - Emily has become dissatisfied with the neighborhood

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1846 Dec 5

New York, N.Y.

Concerns crops, oysters, hogs, and family

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1847 Mar 20

Chuckatuck, Va.

Concerns financial matters including a debt and sale of land ; news of family members in Tidewate; and national politics

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1847 Aug 22

Chuckatuck, Va.

Concerns local agricultural conditions, politics

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Feb 23

Portsmouth, Va.

Has moved to Portsmouth to practice medicine; Emily (Mason’s sister) will join him as soon as he gets a house; also concerns a note that has been protested; and a mule to be sold in Suffolk

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Jun 19

Portsmouth, Va.

Financial matters ; the Naval surgeons of the area ; clerk in the commodore’s office not well; Mr. Blow (a Democrat) will apply for his position when vacant wife Emily and son Rob are well

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Jul 11

Portsmouth, Va.

Speaking out against the potential appointment of a Whig and asking Mason to exercise his influence to prevent it

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Aug 19

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the “extreme illness” of Mason’s son, Frank; also concerns Mason taking umbrage at Boykin’s soliciting appointments for his Democratic friends

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Sep 4

Portsmouth, Va.

Letter of reference for Mr. [?] Parish

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Sep 23

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters he is taking care of for Mason

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Sep 26

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters he is tending to for Mason

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Dec 14

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the gubernatorial election; decided not to enter Mason’s name as there is “larger game for you”; also concerns the steamer Fulton

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1848 Dec 18

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the Portsmouth Savings Fund Society and financial matters ; also concerns the steamer Fulton and her present condition

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1849 Apr 22

Portsmouth, Va.

Has not been able to tend to Mason’s financial business these because of a “run on the bank”; also concerns local politics

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1850 Jun 22

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters and family news

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1850 Sep 7

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters and family news

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1850 Oct 10

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns a note

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1851 Jun 28

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1851 Jul 9

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters and the sale of “Ferry Point”

Boykin, Robert Marshall

1852 Nov 3

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters involving Boykin and Dr. Merritt; also concerns possible appointment [of Mason?] to Pierce’s cabinet

Boyle, John M. C.

1846 Nov 27

Plymouth

[to Charles F. Osborne] Sent to Mason by Osborne who referred it to the Bureau of Construction (bears notes of John Young Mason on verso); concerns contracts for boat building supplies (primarily mentions cypress)

Boyles, William D.

1845 Jul 20

New Orleans, La.

Remote possibility he will see Mason in the fall; is serving as a reluctant candidate for Congress; also concerns Louisiana politics

Bradley, Joseph Habersham

1845 Apr 24

 

Enquires about a precedent set in a Naval case in which a sailor was detained past his enlistment time, received corporal punishment, and subsequently brought suit

Bragg, John

1845 Feb 15

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the estate of Joseph Mason

Bragg, [John], Hon., 1806-1878

1845 Dec 12

Mobile, Ala.

Checked out a most desirable plantation in Greene County while riding circuit; should go on market in February; also concerns national politics and Oregon

Bragg, Joseph

1845 Jul 5

Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Acknowledges the receipt of $1300; health of George W. Stainback, cashier at the bank

Bragg, Joseph

1845 Nov 8

Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Concerns one of Mason’s notes

Bragg, Thomas, Jr.

1846 Oct 20

Jackson, [?]

Concerning his brother, Capt. B. Bragg, who was removed from the command of the “Army of Occupation” and sent back to Charleston, S.C., despite his honorable conduct in the Battle of Monterey

Bramen, Richard A.

1849 May 20

Suffolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters; wants $400 now and the remainder at Mason’s convenience

Bramen, Richard A.

1849 Jun 24

Suffolk, Va.

Concerns money owed to Bramen by Mason; cholera outbreak more severe with servants; 15 or 20 deaths in his neighborhood

Bramill, D. H.

1845 Feb 11

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the appointment of Mr. [?] White as consul to Liverpool and the propriety of John Young Mason presenting Bramill as a candidate of [?] should a vacancy occur

Branch, David Henry

1845 Apr 7

New Orleans, La.

Concerns his application to the president for a cabinet post

Branch, David Henry

1845 Aug 1

Petersburg, Va.

Inquires concerning Havana and Havre

Branch, David Henry

1848 Aug 26

Washington, D.C.

Has been offered the position of Consul General to Alexandria, Egypt; feels that he might like the governorship of Oregon better; asks Mason’s guidance

Branch, David Henry

1848 Aug 29

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the consulate at Tripoli, the governorship at Oregon, and asking advice on a business proposition concerning the United States Hotel in Washington run by Maj. Scott

Branch, David Henry

1848 Sep 06

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the United States Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Branch, Jordan

1847 Apr 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a note dated 1826 of John Young Mason found among the effects of Dr. T. F. Gilliam; bears account with 21 years interest

Breese, Samuel L.

1847 Mar 29

USS Albany, Vera Cruz

Concerns, in part, the surrender of Vera Cruz

Breese, Sidney

1848 Aug 10

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Breese’s son, Joseph, who is being deployed to the Pacific; wants him re-assigned

Breese, Sidney

1848 Aug 14

Washington, D.C.

Asks Mason to read something and then pass it on to Com. Jones

Bridges, S. A.

1848 Sep 19

Washington, D.C.

Concerns midshipman George D. Hand, of Allentown, Pa., who desires an extension of his leave

Briscoe, John H.

1849 Feb 15

Baltimore, Md.

Letter of introduction for William P. Preston, distinguished member of the Baltimore Bar

Brocket, William

1848 Feb 4

Portsmouth, Va.

Capt. Johnson refused to allow him to examine the records concerning the election of Mr. Atkinson; work at present was given “to catch votes”

Broome, James

1845-03-03

Washington, D.C.

Expresses regret at Mason’s leaving the Navy Department and expresses his thanks for everything he has done for him and his family

Brown, Elizabeth

1845 Apr 12

Greensville County, Va./Pleasant Hill, N.C.

Concerns her financial problems and losing her property - wants the president to bail her out

Brown, J. Mills

1845 Feb 5

Bird’s Nest, Putnam County, N.Y.

Concerns his work, “Improved Navigation,” and a report on it sent Mason by Lieut. Maury

Brown, James

1846 Dec 15

Helena, Ark.

Concerns a trip with Mason’s son in search of land to purchase for Mason; settled on 650.7 acres below Helena, Ark., on the Mississippi River, purchased from Col. Carroll; includes 70'x40' cotton gin cotton, house, new mill, slave quarters, overseer’s house, nearly all land tillable; also includes timber and a levee; first $4000 due in 15 days (verso shows Mason’s memo concerning payments)

Brown, James

1847 May 7

Oxford, Miss.

Concerns locating a cotton plantation for John Young Mason

Browne, Orris A.

1845 Jul 19

Key West, Fla.

Describes his tedious 10-day trip from Charleston; still feels the motion of the vessel; asks to have his mail forwarded

Browne, Orris A.

1845 Jul 25

Key West, Fla.

Description of area; greatest annoyance is the mosquitoes; convinced that [David] Levy will use his influence against him; old friend, Dr. Peachy, is in charge of the Marine Hospital there; has not made formal application for the collectorship; wants to bring out as many slaves as possible next winter, as they can earn $2/day on the wharves; $30/mo. at the fort

Browne, Orris A.

1845 Jul 29

Key West, Fla.

Concerns the collectorship, [?] Mallory, and [?] Gordon

Browne, Orris A.

1845 Sep 25

Hicksford, Va.

Letters from Joe will remain confidential until told otherwise by John Young Mason ; conversations with the President concerning [David] Levy; thinks the President should read Joe’s letter ; also concerns the appointment of the agent at Live Oaks. Fla.

Browne, Orris A.

1845 Oct 21

Hicksford, Va.

Expresses gratitude but declines Mason’s offer of use of Fortsville; visit to Key West; also concerns Rochelle, Birchett, Westcott, & presidential appointments in Florida

Bryan, John Heritage

1845 Oct 11

Raleigh, N.C.

Concerns a position for Robert Gibbons as a coiner in the mint at Charlotte; encloses letters of reference from B. Silliman of Yale College and A. Alexander Doak, president of Washington College; also encloses letter, 1845 Sept. 25, of J. H. Gibbons of the Charlotte Mint, to Bryan asking Bryan to ask Mason for aid in getting the appointment

Bryan, John Heritage

1846 Oct 31

New Bern, N.C.

Concerns his brother James W. Bryan

Bryan, John Heritage

1846 Nov 27

Raleigh, N.C.

Concerns an appointment as West Point Chaplain for the Rev. F. Hubbard of New Bern

Bryan, John Heritage

1847 May 6

New Bern, N.C.

Concerns travel plans for his daughter and Mason’s daughter, and the promotion of Frank [Bryan]

Bryan, John Heritage

1848 Jun 29

Raleigh, N.C.

Turned the legal matter sent by Mason over to John W. Norwood who, unlike Bryan, practices in the circuit court

Bryan, John Heritage

1848 Jul 29

Raleigh, N.C.

Letter of introduction for Lieut.[?] Roberts, USN, of New Berne, N.C.

Bryan, John Heritage

1849 Feb 9

Raleigh, N.C.

Appreciated Mason’s “parental attention” to Frank; his work in Corpus Christi; inquires about Mason’s plans for the coming summer

Bryan, John Heritage

1849 Jun 15

Raleigh, N.C.

Concerns John W. Norwood’s letter of June 14; also concerns Mason’s new position

Bryan, William S.

1847 Jan 5

Elizabeth City, N.C.

Introduces himself as the son of John H. Bryan of Raleigh, N.C.; seeking a commission in one of the new regiments being formed; prefers the dragoons

Buchanan, Edward B.

1853 Sep 27

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Mason’s appointment to France and applying as his secretary

Buchanan, Frank

1850 Feb 4

Easton, Md.

[to E. A. Williams, Richmond, Va.] oncerns the dismissal of William H. Kennon, purser on the Mississippi

Buchanan, James M.

1845 Jul 15

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns cigars sent to Mason

Buchanan, James M.

1845 Jul 16

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns the opinion of Chief Justice [?] in regards to the U.S. Post Office

Buchanan, James M.

1845 Jul 21

Baltimore, Md.

Appointed Dr. Briscoe’s nephew to a clerkship in the post office

Buchanan, James M.

1845 Oct 22

Baltimore

Concerns Joseph Pennington

Burke, Edmund

1845 Nov 7

Commissioner, Patent Office

Concerns his views on a proposed plan to unite the patent office with that of the attorney general

Burke, Edmund

1845 Dec 1

U.S. Patent Office

Asks for a legal opinion on who can sign patents in the absence of the commissioners - letter, 1845 Nov. 28, attached of B. R. Curtis of Boston stating the particulars of a case in the circuit court at Boston

Burwell, William M.

1848 Jan 6

Virginia House of Delegates, Richmond

Concerns the Lynchburg & Tennessee Railroad, the importance of Norfolk as a port, transportation, and consumption of Virginia produce, the survey of the coast, and the need of a state map of Virginia

Burwell, William M.

1851 Mar 17

Richmond, Va.

Concerns [?] Thompson’s application currently before the legislature

Burwell, William M.

1853 Apr 9

Washington, D.C.

Urges Mason to go see William L. Marcy; Burwell is having difficulty in gaining access to him

Butler, Andrew Pickens

1848 Dec 11

Washington, D.C.

Concerns an unnamed young man who “went too far in his frolic” and found himself in a difficult position

Butler, B. F.

1845 Dec 17

New York, N.Y.

Enclosing a brief (wanting) for argument in the case of Hoyt v. Rankin & others; newspaper reports concerning J. Van Buren

Butler, Robert

1844 Sep 23

Smithfield, Va.

Seeking a second government appointment in addition to the one he currently holds

Butler, Robert

1844 Nov 07

Smithfield, Va.

Asks for a government appointment

Butler, Robert

1845 Nov 18

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the removal of Mr. Whittle, Collector of the District of Norfolk and Portsmouth; would like to be appointed himself

Butler, Robert

1847 Jan 27

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns his son Bracken’s application as regimental surgeon; also concerns politics and Mason’s hogs/hams

Butler, William S.

1845 Nov 13

Millikin’s Bend, La.

Offers to sell Mason a tract of land in Louisiana complete with farm animals

Buttemann, John H.

1849 May 5

Washington, D.C.

Concerns financial matters

Buttemann, John H.

1849 May 14

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a financial matter

Butterworth, Samuel F.

1848 Sep 26

New York, N.Y.

Financial matters

Butts, Augustine C.

1845 Aug 22

Hicksford, Va.

Encloses his note for $1,000 to be endorsed and returned by Mason; reports on the health of those on Mason’s farm and his good crops; reports on the health of his own family and comments on the lack of work for local lawyers

Butts, Augustine C.

1845 Dec 2

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns his financial problems; asks Mason for money; also concerns an outbreak of erysipelas and lists those mutual friends and acquaintances who are ill or have died, or who are so ill they are expected to die

Byrd, Richard E.

1845 May 5

Winchester, Va.

Concerns a letter he received from Mason and tells Mason he will be coming to D.C. in a few days on business

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1845 Jan 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns sale of property belonging to the children of Joseph Mason, John Young Mason’s wards

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1845 Nov 6

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the legal requirements for the sale of real estate belonging to Mason’s wards, the orphans of Joseph Mason

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1845 Nov 22

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the sale of property in Petersburg for John Young Mason

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1846 Sep 30

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a power of attorney and bonds given in the purchase of property from Francis Everod Rives by Joseph Mason, deceased, and Joseph Mason’s estate

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1846 Sep 30

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the estate of Joseph Mason

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1846 Nov 13

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a power of attorney allowing Capt. Rives to receive from the court purchase bonds concerning a lot in Petersburg and land in Sussex County belonging to the estate of Joseph Mason

Cabaniss, Charles J.

1846 Dec 18

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a power of attorney

Cabell, Joseph C.

1849 Dec 16

 

Concerns the proposed Covington & Ohio Railway

Cabell, Joseph C.

1850 Jan 21

Warminster, Va.

Concerns the wording of a motion to be made in the legislature - also concerns [?] Segar and Maj. Gwynn

Cabell, Joseph C.

1852 Jul 21

Warminster, Va.

Concerns the sale of University of Virginia bonds

Cabell, Joseph C.

1852 Aug 9

Warminster, Va.

Concerns the resignation of Dr. Rogers and calling for a meeting of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors on September 20, 1852

Cabell, Joseph C.

1852 Sep 1

Warminster, Va.

Concerns the sale of university bonds; enclosed letter of Philip St. George Cocke (wanting - see post script)

Cadwalader, John

1845 Dec 25 (1)

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns briefs for a Supreme Court case

Cadwalader, John

1845 Dec 25 (2)

Philadelphia, Pa.

More concerning briefs and other information in earlier mail; will open the arguments in court for John Young Mason if he is in Washington by Wednesday

Cadwallader, John

1846 Oct 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns John Young Mason’s refusal to appoint [?] Ingrahm to the Naval Academy

Cadwallader, John

1846 Nov 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Desires his brother, Gen. George Cadwallader, be appointed Brigadier General for service during the present war

Calhoun, J. E.

1846 Oct 28

Pendleton, S.C.

Served as a rifleman in the War of 1812, now wishes to serve in either the army or navy; also concerns his son Ranson, a cadet at West Point, and his daughter Martha

Campbell, Robert Blair

1845 May 3

Havana, Cuba

Seeks appointment as a midshipman for his son Lucius, “great grandson of Richard H. Lee on his mother’s side”

Caperton, Allen Taylor

1852 Sep 17

 

Concerns Beverley Tucker and money

Caperton, Allen Taylor

1852 Dec 22

 

Concerns Beverley Tucker and money

Carmichael, Edward H., Dr.

1847 Feb 13

Richmond, Va.

Examined Mason’s slave Henry, who is epileptic; if sent to Mason’s place in Southampton County, Va., Carmichael would give his manager directions on his management and care; or Mason could leave Henry with him

Carmichael, Edward H., Dr.

1847 Mar 30

Richmond, Va.

Henry progressing toward a permanent cure - wants to see his family

Carmichael, Edward H., Dr.

1847 Jun 27

Richmond, Va.

[to the Mayor of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.] Informs the authorities that one of John Young Mason’s slaves in Carmichael’s care was “lurking about your city”; wants him apprehended and returned

Carpender, Edward William

1845 Nov 15

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a proposed increase in naval forces; also steam-powered naval vessels; and the Naval Academy

Carpender, Edward William

1846 Nov 3

Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns [Foster] Rhodes of the Navy Yard who seeks a leave of absence to return home where he expects to have surgery; doubts are entertained of his recovery

Carpender, Edward William

1847 Jan 21

Norfolk, Va.

W. Tazewell Taylor is coming; wants him to see the records of the court of enquiry; specifically regarding the testimony of Hunter and Bankhead

Carpender, Edward William

1847 Nov 12

Norfolk, Va.

Concerning acquiring transport for himself, troops, and their provisions in Mexico; also expresses his views on US/Mexican relations

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Apr 5

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his new assignment and whether he has time to see his relatives in New York

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Apr 12

 

Going to New York to see about his sister

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Jul 6

USS Iris, Campeche, Mexico

Makes observations about the climate, the many people visiting aboard ship, and the distribution of small arms

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Jul 18

USS Iris, Campeche, Mexico

Discusses the situation on the Yucatan Peninsula; Dr. W. Kinney thinks a massacre is “at hand” of the insurgent Mayan Indians; arms began to pour in yesterday from Vera Cruz

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Jul 25

USS Iris, Campeche, Mexico

Four “whites” killed by “Indians”; many “whites” have fled to Cozumel for safety; two skirmishes between troops and “Indians” within 50 miles l much plunder and bloodshed; English vessels trading with the Indians

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Dec 1

USS Iris, Norfolk

Sending a barrel of whiskey to him from Capt. [?] of the USS Saratoga; congratulates him on the birth of another son, St. George Tucker Mason

Carpender, Edward William

1848 Dec 30

USS Iris, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns assistance of Mr.[?] Dunn in settling accounts and paying the crew

Carpender, Edward William

1849 Mar 1

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a statement from the auditor and reporting to the Secretary

Carr, James L.

1852 Nov 11

Kanawha Court House, Va. [now W. Va.]

Asks Mason to use his influence with the incoming administration regarding his brother’s (George W. Carr’s) application for U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia

Carrington, W. A.

1846 May 5

Farmville, Va.

Concerns his place in the list of commissions ; wants to know the possibility/probability of getting a surgeon’s commission in the army if he doesn’t make the cut in the navy

Carson, James H.

1847 Mar 5

Virginia House of Delegates, Richmond

Concerns William E. Byrd of Winchester; desires appointment to West Point

Carson, James H.

1848 May 18

Winchester, Va.

[to D. H. Wood] Seeking Wood’s help in obtaining the appointment as District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

Carson, James H.

1848 May 18

Winchester, Va.

Seeking Masons’s help in obtaining the appointment as District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia

Caskie, John S.

1845 Sep 14

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Capt. Nicholson who was incarcerated in the Henrico jail for smuggling; asks for the President’s intervention

Caskie, John S.

1845 Sep 27

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Capt. [?] Nicholson’s case and the payment of associated fees

Cass, Lewis

1847 Jan 31

Washington, D.C.

Concerns lack of a purser from Michigan

Cass, Lewis

1848 Oct 8

Detroit, Mich.

Concerns the upcoming elections

Catron, John

1845 Dec 5

 

Concerns legal precedents, including reversals of jury decisions

Chambliss, John Randolph

1844 Mar 29

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns the estate of Richard Mason, national politics, and local events.

Chambliss, John Randolph

1846 Jul 30

Hicksford, Va.

Requests a copy of the Mississippi law of distribution of estates; also comments on his own ill health

Chambliss, John Randolph

1848 Oct 11

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns payments to the guardian of Mrs. Gray

Chambliss, John Randolph

1849 Aug 29

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns an un-named estate for which Mason is surity

Chandler, William

1848 Jul 14

the Delaware Gazette Office

Soliciting John Young Mason’s business

Chapman, Ed

1847 Jun 29

Navy Dept.

Expresses his desire to remain in his current position rather than receive the appointment to the position vacated by the promotion of [?] Moran

Chase, Charles, Dr.

1848 Jun 16

Navy Dept.

[from Mason to Dr. Chase] Concerns Capt. Storer’s refusal to grant leave

Chase, William H.

1845 Jul 9

Chasefield, near Pensacola, Fla.

Concerns his desire for the re-appointment of Col. Jackson Morton as Naval agent in Pensacola

Chesapeake Bank

1846 Jan 3

Baltimore, Md

Financial matters; returns John Young Mason’s note for $2000 (revenue stamp wanting); replaces with note dated Washington, which does not require stamp, for Mason to sign

Childress, Thomas B.

1847 Nov 5

US Steamer Alleghany, Norfolk, Va.

Desires to trade his midshipman’s warrant for a lieutenancy in the Marines ; wishes to go to the Mediterranean or be assigned to a navy yard

Christian, Edmund

1845 Mar 11

Richmond, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s note which he deposited in the Farmers’ Bank

Circuit Court, Washington, D.C.

1844 Sep 12

 

Concerns registration of Mason’s slaves currently living in Washington, and payment of registration tax

Citizens of Fayetteville, N.C.

1847 May 17

 

(Imperfect) Enclosing a list of resolutions (wanting; concerning [?]) and requesting Mason’s compliance; bears 11 signatures

Citizens of the Town of Fredericksburg, Va.

1847 Mar 25

 

Extending an invitation to stop in Fredericksburg on the way to North Carolina, or on Mason’s return trip to Washington, and partake of dinner to be given by the citizens ; bears names of 15 committee members

Claggett, Thomas H.

1845 Apr 9

Leesburg, Va.

Wants help in locating some correspondence to the president; Stevens T. Mason; and a mission to Bogota

Claggett, Thomas H.

1845 Apr 18

Washington, D.C.

Asks Mason to deliver a letter from George C. Dromgoole to the president; also enquires about the “charge” at Bogota

Claiborne, David Augustine

1844 Jun 18

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns financial matters, his illness, and a report on crops at Fortsville

Claiborne, David Augustine

1845 Apr 27

Hicksford, Va.

Local news and an epidemic of “black tongue”

Claiborne, David Augustine

1845 May 15

Hicksford, Va.

Local news and an epidemic of “black tongue”

Claiborne, David Augustine

1846 Feb 19

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns payment of money he owes Mason - also asks legal questions concerning the estate of George Collier, d. 1817, specifically the portion left to his daughter Betsy

Claiborne, David Augustine

1846 Dec 24

Hicksford, Va.

Wishes to raise a cavalry company from Southampton County, Va., to fight in the war with Mexico

Claiborne, David Augustine

1848 Apr 3

Hicksford, Va.

Reporting to Mason on the crops and slaves on Mason’s plantation there

Claiborne, David Augustine

1848 Dec 06

Hicksford, Va.

Encloses a land warrant for Mason to sell for William H. James; also relays his plans to meet his debt to Mason

Claiborne, David Augustine

1849 Aug 13

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns depositions; also concerns B. D. Cogbill, Washington L. Riddick, Frances M. (Blunt) Riddick, and Mary Blunt

Claiborne, David Augustine

1851 Oct 14

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns an account of Mason’s father with John D. Maclin; also seeking access to a copy of the Code of Louisiana laws

Claiborne, David Augustine

1852 May 29

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns money left to his wife by Mrs. Charlotte Gholson; also concerns his and his mother’s slaves, including three “breeding” women, his father’s slaves (numbering over 100), and his several thousand acres in Texas; lists all his other assets

Claiborne, David Augustine

1852 Jun 18

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters ; continuation of May 29th letter; power of attorney for John Young Mason; a box of music for “Bet” (Mason’s daughter Elizabeth Harris Mason)

Claiborne, David Augustine

1852 Aug 1

 

Concerns payments on a note

Claiborne, David Augustine

1852 Aug 15

Hicksford, Va.

Financial note for $190 with John Young Mason

[Claiborne], John

1847 May 7

New Orleans, La.

Understand that Capt. Samuel Breese, USS Albany, desires to return home; points out to Mason that this provides a good opportunity to “carry out your friendly intentions towards my brother”

Claiborne, John

1847 Jul 5

New Orleans, La.

Concerns land claims and cutting timber

Claude, E. B.

1845 Apr 4

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns note of Thomas B. Williamson to John Young Mason; mentions yesterday’s rain, to little, too late?

Clayton, Philip

1849 May 10

2nd Auditor, Treasury Dept., Washington, D.C.

Concerns the estate of William Alexander Spark and reconciliation of his accounts

Clayton, Philip

1849 May 16

2nd Auditor, Treasury Dept.

Concerns his obtaining the necessary receipt in order to close the books on William Alexander Spark

Clifford, Nathan

1847 Jul 8

 

[from Mason to Clifford] Asks for a legal opinion concerning his authority to enter into a contract for dock construction (1st draft attached)

Clinton, Thomas G.

1845 Mar 8

 

Proposes building a canal through Central America to connect with the Pacific Ocean

Clinton, Thomas G.

1845 Apr 25

Washington, D.C.

Encloses a letter he received from “Mr. Burk” concerning, in part, John Young Mason (wanting); also concerns his plans for a steam engine furnace, a prototype being made, and wants his aid in arranging testing

Clinton, Thomas G.

1846 May 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Walker DeLacy and President Polk

Clinton, Thomas G.

1848 Mar 13

Washington, D.C.

Seeks position as Principal Examiner in the Scientific Corps of the Patent Office

Cobb, W. W.

1846 May 4

Roanoke, N.C.

Relocated to practice law; has applied for license but needs certificate of good moral character from a lawyer in good standing; asks John Young Mason for this to be sent to the judges of the Supreme Court [of N.C.], who meet next June 1

Cobb, W. W.

1846 May 22

Roanoke, N.C.

Concerns debt due Mason from the estate of Burwell Williams

Cocke, Stephen

1845 Nov 29

Jackson, Miss.

Concerns a current legal case, U.S. v. surities of G.D. Boyd

Coddington, David S.

1846 Nov 30

New York, N.Y.

Concerns William Henry Vesey’s appointment as U.S. Consul to Antwerp, Belgium

Coke, Richard

1845 Sep 3

Belle Farm, Gloucester County, Va.

Seeking a loan of $10,000 not to be recalled within 5 years - also concerns the removal of Collier Harrison Minge as customs agent.

Coke, Richard

1845 Sep 6

Belle Farm, Gloucester County, Va.

More about Mason’s assistance in obtaining a loan (See 9/3/45)

Cole, S. L.

1848 Jan 13

Navy Dept., Washington, D.C.

Complaints concerning a clerk named Patrick

Coleman, Frederick William

1845 Feb 12

Concord Academy, [Caroline County, Va.]

Concerns [?] Norment and his family

Coleman, Frederick William

1849 Jul 11

Concord Academy, [Caroline County, Va.]

Questions concerning duel positions, i.e., mail contractor and Commonwealth’s Attorney

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1845 Feb 14

Petersburg, Va.

Recommends William G. Birchett as inspector at City Point

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1845 Feb 18

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns his previous letter of recommendation for William G. Birchett

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1845 May 26

Petersburg, Va.

Office seeker ; tells Mason he has written the president and used him as a reference

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1845 Jun 13

Petersburg, Va.

Tells Mason he misinterpreted Collier’s previous letter; also, concerns Thomas E. Blunt, a post office applicant, and financial matters

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1845 Aug 30

Petersburg, Va.

Encloses newspaper showing article by Collier and letters written by John Young Mason and William C. Rives, forwarded with note by Mary Ann Mason concerning Jordan Turner and fowls

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1846 Jan 9

Petersburg, Va.

Concurs with William Shands on the military appointment of Algernon Batte

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1846 Feb 7

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the administration of Thomas Mason’s estate

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1846 Nov 11

Petersburg, Va.

Financial matters

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1851 Mar 18

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the dissolution of the firm of A. W. Camp & Co.

Collier, Robert Ruffin

1852 Nov 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the deed for a Nashville lot

Collins, Edward

1848 Nov 13

New York, N.Y.

Concerns docks to accommodate British steamships; encloses newspaper clippings, one concerning English customs house inspectors planting items on board ships, and the other concerning the Collins line building ships to run between New York and Liverpool

Collins, William

1848 Dec 9

Norfolk County, Va.

Copy of legal document concerning William and Fanny Collins and the Seaboard and Roanoke Rail Road

Colquitt, Walter T.

1846 Dec 23

Senator

Concerns his fee for “professional services”

Colton, Walter

1848 Oct 17

Chaplain, USN, Monterey

Concerns gold mines; has finished project and is anxious to get home

Conner, David

1848 May 17

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns an appointment recommended by Conner that Mason made - also concerns Conner’s health

Conner, David

1846 Nov 29

 

[from Mason to Conner] Concerns Commander Conner, Commander Perry, General Scott, the President, and plans for an all out attack on Veracruz

Connolly, Owen

1845 Jun 16

 

Asks Mason to give eulogy for Andrew Jackson at a memorial

Conway, Eustace

1845 Apr 26

Fredericksburg, Va.

Enclosing letter of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter

Conway, Eustace

1845 Jul 23

White Sulphur Springs, [Va.]

Concerns Dr. Conway of Florida

Conway, V. Y.

1846 Dec 7

Louisville, Ky.

Concerns a pension for daughter-in-law (son Edwin H. Conway was lost on the USS Grampus in 1843)

Cooke, Thomas J.

1846 Feb 7

Charlottesville, Va.

Legal questions concerning the death of a “joint contractor” including distribution of profits

Cooke, Thomas J.

1846 Feb 19

Charlottesville, Va.

Concerns a letter written to John Young Mason on Feb. 6 asking for his legal opinion on post office department matters; includes additional question concerning death of a partner under contract to the U.S.P.O.

Cooke, William Mordecai

1847 Oct 19

St. Louis, Mo.

Desires Mason write a letter to the U.S. Consul at Amsterdam concerning a legal case involving Cooke’s Dutch client

Cooper, J. H.

1845 Jul 18

Hicksford, Va.

Questions concerning pay; reports all of Mason’s people are well

Craven, Tunis

1845 Jun 2

 

Expresses regret concerning the injustice that has been done to Mason’s son by Commodore Biddle and Captain Paulding

Craven, Tunis

1845 Jun 10

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

[?] and his friends, having “failed to make a favorable impression on Mr. Bancroft,” plan to “operate directly on the President”; asks John Young Mason to intercede

Craven, Tunis

1845 Sep 20

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Offers to send packages or letters to Mason’s son, Purser Mason, to Canton on board the ship Great Britain

Craven, Tunis

1845 Nov 6

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns rumors that the President has promised his job to someone else

Craven, Tunis

1845 Nov 25

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

List of items, including butter, being sent by ship to John Young Mason

Craven, Tunis

1846 Jan 2

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns the barque USS Candace sailing to Canton by way of Rio de Janeiro and offers to have the captain take any letters from Mason to his son

Craven, Tunis

1846 Mar 10

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns two ships sailing to Canton; wrote to Mason’s son concerning the early sailing without a letter from John Young Mason

Craven, Tunis

1846 Apr 27

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns the location of the USS Vincennes and forwarding mail to John Young Mason, Jr.

Craven, Tunis

1846 Jul 11

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns Mason’s malady (gout); also concerns a letter published in the Tribune (“a paper destitute of all moral principles”)

Crittenden, George W.

1845 Jul 26

Kilmarnock, Va.

Asks Mason’s opinion on a legal case involving inheritance

Crittenden, John Jordan

1845 Aug 23

Frankfort, Ky.

Concerns Maj. A. Throckmorton’s son, Collin, who resigned his appointment as a midshipman and now both he and his father regret the resignation and want Collin reinstated

Crittenden, John Jordan

1848 Aug 27

Frankfort, Ky.

Concerns his son, Capt. George B. Crittenden, his service in Mexico, and his court martial; asks Mason to intercede in his behalf

Croswell, E.

1848 Oct 28

Albany, N.Y.

Concerns steamship mail service

Crump, John J.

1849 Sep 22

Southampton County, Va.

Concerns a case Mason is handling for him involving land and slaves; wishes Mason and Mr. [John Randolph] Chambliss would get together and settle the matter out of court if possible; reports everyone in the neighborhood is tolerably healthy; Dr. Simmons is very low and it’s thought he will not recover

Crump, John J.

1850 Oct 19

Southampton County, Va.

Concerns a law case Mason is handling for him, land titles, sale and hiring out of slaves (gives genealogy of some slaves; the splitting up of some families, and where they moved) – see also 1849 Sept 22

Crump, John J.

1851 Oct 30

Southampton County, Va.

Has a young son whom he has named Walter Mason

Crump, William

1844 Oct 15

Powhatan County, Va.

Concerns the sailing of the USS Portsmouth and his passage with son Richard

Crump, William

1852 Apr 17

Powhatan County, Va.

Letter of introduction for C. R. Pryor, son of Philip Pryor of Brunswick County, Va., seeking employment with the James River and Kanawha Company

Cunningham, Augustus F.

1844 Dec 26

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the illness of George R. Gray

Cunningham, Augustus F.

1845 Sep 4

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns his paper, the Chronicle & Old Dominion, and the government’s advertising

Cunningham, Augustus F.

1846 Nov 16

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the death of Foster Rhodes at the Pensacola Navy Yard; recommends [?] Hartt as replacement

Cunningham, William E.

1845 Dec 2

Norfolk, Va.

[to Archibald Anderson] Concerns suggestions for improvement to the Gosport Navy Yard proposed by his son-in-law, commander Carpenter.

Custis, Theodore W.

1848 Feb 09

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the feeling he is “damned” concerning his application for an appointment because of his support of Tyler

Custis, Theodore W.

1848 Apr 10

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a vacancy for an inspector

Dabney, Charles William

1847 Mar 15

Aldingham, Hanover County, Va.

Seeking the Navy’s business for his charcoal iron/casting concern

Dabney, Samuel H.

1848 Nov 5

Clarksville, Tenn.

His uncle got him into the Navy without his knowledge and he wants no part of it!

Dade, John B.

1847 Jun 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns difficulty between Warden and convicts ; if vacancy occurs, he wants his old position back

Dade, John B.

1848 Sep 2

Washington, D.C.

Daughter and 5 grandchildren totally dependant upon him for support; seeking vacancy caused by the death of his son

Daingerfield, John E. P.

1847 Apr 8

Harpers Ferry, Va. [now W. Va.]

[to his uncle, Foxhall A. Parker, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.] Concerns his potential loss of job due to politics; is seeking a situation; wants letter of introduction to the President or members of his cabinet (i.e., Mason), or [Thomas?] Ritchie

Daingerfield, William P.

1850 Jan 22

Bath Court House, Va.

Going to California and wants letter of introduction/recommendation

Dakin, Samuel D.

1847 May 23

Brown’s Hotel

Letter of introduction for Maj. [?] Allen, accountant investigating Messrs. Fitch & Co. and government funds

Dakin, Samuel D.

1850 Dec 5

Brown’s Hotel

Concerns bids for building a naval station in California

Dallas, George Mifflin

1844 Sep05

 

Concerns leave for Purser H. M. Hieskell

Dallas, George Mifflin

1845 Feb 27

 

Concerns leave for Thomas Goin

Dallas, George Mifflin

1845 Mar 1

 

Recommending Seward

Dallas, George Mifflin

1845 Mar 9

 

Concerns Capt. [?] Hollin’s request

Dallas, George Mifflin, Friends of

1845 Dec 22

 

Invitation to a celebration of the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Jan 6

 

Concerning the appointment of Lieut. John W. West as acting Master, Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Jan 21

 

Inquiring who has been elected to replace Senator Isaac S. Pennybacker

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 May 2

 

Concerning his nephews, William W. Dallas (of Pittsburgh, Pa.) and William’s brother, Midshipman Alex Dallas

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Jul 27

 

Concerns W. H. Burns

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Oct 24

 

Concerns a letter written to Mason by Judge Woodward concerning a chaplain position for Mr. Snowden whose wife was terminally ill (see letter of George Woodward, 1847 Sept 21)

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Nov 3

 

Concerns the appointment of Lieut. [?] W. Shaw, who “did himself some credit in the Gulf on the USS Spitfire,” to the receiving ship at his station

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Nov 4

 

Letter of introduction for Dr. [?] Kane who will visit Washington on his way to duty in Mexico

Dallas, George Mifflin

1847 Dec 19

 

Concerns an opinion issued by Mason as attorney general

Dallas, Jane S.

1847 Dec 17

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Requests that her son, Alexander J. Dallas, Jr., be allowed to resign and it be published that way in the Naval Register for 1848 and spare the family the disgrace of having it published as “dismissed”

Dallas, W. W.

1847 May 5

 

Concerns his brother’s association with improper companions

Dallas, W. W.

1847 Aug 9

Baltimore, Md.

On his way to N.Y. to sail to Liverpool; brother Alexander James Dallas, Jr. wishes to accompany him as far as England; asks Mason to order Alexander to a vessel on the Mediterranean station

Danforth, Charles

1849 Feb 12

Paterson, N.J.

[from Mason to Danforth] States that no commissions to settle Mexican claims can be appointed until authorized by Congress

Daniel, Peter Vivian, Hon.

[date unknown]

 

Concerns political appointments

Daniel, R. W. T.

1845 Mar 14

Brownsville, Miss.

Concerns Mrs. Adams’s deed, the annexation of Texas, and wants a contract with the government as a surveyor

Davidge, William H.

1851 Jan 4

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the accounting officers of the Treasury and Judge Parris, [?] Dayton, Hyland Hall, and an account

Davidge, William H.

1851 Feb 12

New York, N.Y. (written on Pacific Mail Steamship Company letterhead)

Concerns William H. Aspinwall and a letter of introduction to [?] Stanton to use when he goes to see Aspinwall regarding a resolution

Davidge, William H.

1852 Dec 11

New York, N.Y.

Concerns financial matters

Davis, Charles Augustus

1847 Jun 18

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the Macedonia conveying charitable donation to Ireland and Scotland; was delayed and will now sail with as full a cargo as could be carried with safety

Davis, Charles Augustus

1847 Aug 25

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the relief mission to Ireland; attached newspaper clipping concerns the arrival of the American frigate Macedonia

Davis, Charles Augustus

1848 Apr 19

 

Concerns [?] Bingey, a watchman in the Navy Dept. who is very ill and Mr. Bingey’s son-in-law, John Simmons, who wants his position when Bingey dies

Davis, Charles Augustus

1848 May 3

 

Invitation to church dedication (May 7?) - Methodist Episcopal Church, First Ward, [New York, N.Y.]

Davis, Gilbert

1846 Nov 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns candles and butter for John Young Mason, the election, the Barnburners and the Whigs, and his intention of starting a new party, the Republican party; also concerns honey for Mrs. Mason and Davis’s Dutch cheese for Mason

Davis, Gilbert

1847 Nov 16

 

Concerns butter he is shipping to Mason; bears note of J. D. Cathill concerning the shipment of 2 butters and 1 cheese to Mason (in D.C.) on board the schooner Statesman going to Washington city

Davis, Henry

1847 Sep 22

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns outfitting Mason’s slaves, male and female, for their transfer to the Mississippi plantation

Davis, John

1847 Jan 18

Senate Chamber

Concerns Lieut. Blake, the USS Perry, and a court of inquiry

Day, William H.

1846 Aug 20

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns Judge May’s receipts; the wheat crop; corn crop; sweet potatoes; Shimuel Godwin; Mason’s family at “the springs”; Day’s son in London; Chapman Edward; and reclaiming the marsh

Day, William H.

1848 Mar [?]

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns Madison Jordan as a good replacement for the keeper of the powder magazine in Portsmouth; also concerns Robert Blackwell, Dr. Atkinson, and Day’s niece Emily

Day, William H.

1848 Sep 27

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns a wheat machine sold to Mr. Blackwell

DeKay, George C.

1847 Mar 26

New York, N.Y.

[to William Harris, Brooklyn Insurance Co.] Concerns insurance offered on the Macedonia providing relief to Scotland and Ireland

Democratic members of the Virginia General Assembly

1845 Feb 10

 

[to President James K. Polk] Recommends William G. Birchett of Prince George Co., Va., for a federal appointment

Denby, Nathaniel

1844 May 2

 

Concerns Virginia, national politics and the upcoming Presidential election

Denby, Nathaniel

1848 Feb 27

Marseilles, France

Concerns the revolution in France and unrest in some European areas

Denby, Nathaniel

1848 Jul 1

Chantilly, [France?]

Concerns the French Revolution and an expected supply ship

Denby, Nathaniel

1848 Aug 7

 

Concerns Charles Francis Osborne and alleged misappropriation of some Navy funds

Denby, Nathaniel

1848 Dec 11

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns financial matters

Denby, Nathaniel

1848 Dec 25

Philadelphia, Pa.

Asks for verification that Mason received his letter

Dodge, [?]

1845 Dec 5

U.S. House of Representatives

Asks for a decision on the power of the President to lease lead mines in Iowa

Dodson, Daniel

1846 Jun 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s finances

Dodson, Daniel

1849 Dec 24

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Charles Cabaniss, David May, Thomas Branch, the upcoming census, and the sale of slaves

Dodson, Daniel

1849 Dec 29

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a settlement and the sale of slaves

Dodson, Daniel

1850 Sep 4

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the sale of a female slave named Maria and other financial matters

Donelson, Andrew Jackson

1845 Sep 9

Nashville, Tenn.

Concerns military strategies in Texas prior to annexation and his own poor health

Donelson, Andrew Jackson

1849 Jan 12

Berlin, Germany

Com. Parker has arrived in good health; will dine with dignitaries and then go on to Frankfort; son would like to be a midshipman; U. S. politics

Donnan, Alex

1845 Apr 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters and the congressional race between John Botts and James Seddon

Douglas, Samuel James

1844 Dec 10

Tallahassee, Fla.

Letter of support for the appointment of Nathaniel P. Bemiss as collector for the port of Tallahassee

Douglas, Samuel James

1845 Jun 29

Jerusalem, Va.

Concerns his salary - intends to make Florida his permanent home - thinks his prospects there are better than in Virginia

Douglas, Samuel James

1846 Feb 14

Tallahassee, Fla.

Has not received his pay for the 4th quarter of 1845; also, no judge has been appointed for Florida

Douglas, Samuel James

1846 Sep 7

Jerusalem, Va.

Back from the springs; concerns money matters and matters of the heart; boarding [with?] Mrs. Kello and children in Norfolk[?]; also concerns Wyndham Robertson

Douglas, Samuel James

1850 Jun 19

Key West, Fla.

Seeking a legal opinion

Downman, Robert L.

1845 Oct 24

Selma, Ala.

Seeking government employment, possibly as a judge - Texas is desirable, or any new state

Downman, Robert L.

1845 Dec 29

Cahaba, Ala.

Concerns petitions from the state bar and encloses letter to President Polk signed by the governor of Alabama and other state dignitaries endorsing Downman for a Federal judgeship

Drewry, Samuel

1845 Dec 16

Drewryville, Va.

Concerns [?] Pond’s crops and John Young Mason’s portion; Thomas Applewhite leaving the state; Mr. Polk’s message; reclaiming Oregon

Drewry, Samuel

1848 Feb 25

Drewrysville, Va.

Asks John Young Mason about Mrs. Wilmer’s School in Alexandria; inquiring for his daughter as well as the daughters of a neighbor; also concerns a meeting of the Democrats to appoint candidates to represent the county

Drinkard, William R.

1845 Mar 1

 

Wishes to meet with John Young Mason

Drinkard, William R., et al

1849 Mar 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns resolutions adopted by the Democracy of Petersburg

Drinkard, William R., et al

1849 Mar 2

Petersburg, Va.

Encloses resolutions adopted by “a portion of your old constituents” and includes an invitation

Dromgoole, George C.

1845 Apr 5

Brunswick, Va.

Recommendation of Dr. Benjamin Harrison for a government position; G. W. Bolling was nominated at Dinwiddie as Dromgoole’s competition for a seat in congress from the second congressional district; Bolling declined the nomination

Durkin, Patrick

1844 Mar 11

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns protesting Hardaway’s note

Durkin, Patrick

1844 Jun 17

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Durkin, Patrick

1845 Mar 19

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s notes

Durkin, Patrick

1845 Dec 16

Branch Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns one of Mason’s notes

Durkin, Patrick

1846 Mar 19

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

$125 added to Mason’s account; reminder of note due in June

Durkin, Patrick

1847 Mar 4

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s financial matters

Durkin, Patrick

1847 Sep 17

Cashier, Exchange Bank, Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters (notes)

Dwight, George A.

1847 Jun 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns John Louis O’Sullivan, the appointment of a commission, and dry docks

Dwight, George A.

1847 Jun 23

Washington, D.C.

[from Mason to Dwight] Concerns the appointment of a commission; also docks (see also 1847 June 12)

Earle, James

1847 Nov 8

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns frames for portraits of the President and Mason by Thomas Sully

Edwards, James L.

1848 Oct 12

U. S. Pension Office

Concerns evidence to support the claim of Mrs. Sally Graham, deceased, formerly the widow of Robert Starke

Edwards, James L.

1848 Nov 14

U.S. Pension Office

[to William S. Jones, c/o Mason as Secretary of the Navy] Concerns bounty claim

Erben, Henry

1851 Nov 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a new regulation that is keeping his son out of the Navy School - also concerns ousting the Whigs - “abolitionism and barnburnerism”

Eustis, George

1846 Dec 25

New Orleans, La.

Concerns the employment of Mason’s slaves in Louisiana, includes copy of a 10-year partnership agreement whereby Mason would supply 90 slaves (families to come with them - young and old) to work the Ranson plantation in St. Charles Parish

Faulkner, Charles James

1849 Feb 10

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the Battle of Craney Island, June 22, 1813, and requests the “3 pounder” from the battle be given to the state of Virginia to display in the capitol (Mason referred the request to the Bureau of Ordnance)

Ferguson, James

1845 Apr 22

Rio de Janeiro

Concerns the inadequacy of his income and the marriage of his eldest daughter

Ferguson, James

1845 Oct 15

Rio de Janeiro

Concerns the decline in gold and silver but the increase in paper currency - need more help (man power) and more pay; met John Young Mason, Jr. while the USS Vincennes was docked there

Ferguson, J[ames]

1847 Mar 22

Washington, D.C.

Trying to explain, apologize, or make amends for something

Foster, P. H.

1847 Jan 20

Red Level

Congratulates Mason on his return to the Navy Dept. - Seeking military position for John C. Coleman of Halifax City, Va.

Fowlkes, Jeptha

1846 Oct 2

Memphis, Tenn.

Concerns John Young Mason’s return to the Navy Dept. - post script concerns mutual friend Col. Joseph S. Watkins

French, James S.

1845 Apr 6

Old Point Comfort, Va.

Concerns a private house and horse for President Polk to use there in the summer

French, James S.

1846 Aug 5

Old Point Comfort, Va.

Invitation for Mason and his family to come down to Old Point

French, James S.

1846 Sep 21

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his property and hotel investments at Old Point Comfort, Va., and [?] Garland’s application to erect another hotel

French, James S.

1848 May 31

Old Point Comfort, Va.

Concerns location of a military court; urges its location at Fortress Monroe rather than Frederick

French, James S.

1848 Jun 18

Old Point Comfort, Va.

Concerns Maj. Gardner wanting a midshipman’s appointment for his son, John Henry ; also comments on politics (Whigs and Democrats)

French, Rufus A.

1851 Dec 21

Giles Courthouse, Va.

 Concerns the election of Joseph Johnson as governor of Virginia and state politics - seeking a position that would pay him $2000 to $3000 annually

Gadsden, James

1847 Apr 3

Charleston, S.C.

Concerns demonstrations of new type of docks for ships; recommends David Douglas E[?] to evaluate them

Gaines, H. B.

1845 Feb 15

Petersburg, Va.

Recommendation for William G. Birchett

Gallaher, John S.

1847 Jan 2

Senate Chamber, Richmond, Va.

Suggest Major Walter Gwynn (as a Brigadier General) to command the volunteer forces now being raised

Gallaher, John S.

1849 Dec 19

Washington, D.C.

Concerns uniting the Democrats in the Senate on an appointment

Galt, Alex

1849 Feb 3

Norfolk, Va.

Forwarding a letter, 1848 December 26, from Alexander Galt in Gibralter to Mason concerning a financial matter, the Dead Sea Exposition, and Commander Reid

Galt, James

1852 Nov 23

Point of Fork

Concerns the sale of slaves in his brother’s estate - particularly one, a carpenter, that Mason is interested in

Gamble, John Grattan

1845 Jun 12

Tallahassee, Fla.

Concerns death of mutual friend Abel P. Upshur; also, concerns growing indigo instead of cotton

Gamble, John Grattan

1845 Nov 3

Tallahassee, Fla.

Concerns an appointment for his son as surgeon in the Marine hospital at Key West, Fla.

Gardiner, Alexander

1848 Jan 11

New York, N.Y.

Brother David L. Gardiner planning an overland journey to California by way of Vera Cruz; asks Mason for letters of introduction for him to the U.S. Minister in Mexico and the Governor of California

Garland, Hudson Martin

1845 Apr 28

Lynchburg, Va.

Concerns politics and presidential appointments

Garland, Hugh Alfred

1846 Feb 24

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the new mounted rifle regiment soon to be organized for the protection of Oregon immigrants and Dr. Emmett Robinson desire to obtain a command

Garland, James

1846 Nov 2

Lafayette County, Ark.

Concerns the Preemption Act of 1841 and his claims

Garnett, William

1852 Dec 23

Collector’s Office, [Norfolk, Va.?]

Concerns beacons (lighthouses) at Days’ Point, Isle of Wight County, Va., and Jordan Point, Prince George County, Va.

Garnett, William

1853 Feb 28

Collector’s Office [Norfolk, Va.?]

Concerns proposed lighthouses and financial matters, including Mason’s $50 fee (See also 1852 Dec. 23)

Gatzmer, William H.

1846 Apr 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns Mason’s note for $6,360 to Robert Field Stockton which is due on May 1

Gatzmer, William H.

1849 Jun 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns financial matters

Gatzmer, William H.

1849 Jul 7

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns financial matter

Gauntt, Charles

1845 Jan 18

Philadelphia, Pa.

Renews his application of July 1843 to command the USS Rendezvous or 2nd choice application of 1844 for duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Gedney, Thomas R.

1848 Mar 8

US Sloop of War Plymouth, Hampton Roads, Va.

(Copy) Concerns explanation to missionaries why they could not have passage on the Navy ship; encloses to Mason a copy of his (Gedney’s) letter to the Rev. Mr. Cowles of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Norfolk, sailing tomorrow for China

Gedney, Thomas R.

1851 Mar 22

U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns Dr. William S.W. Ruschenberger, who as Fleet Surgeon of the East Indian Squadron, had reported to Mason his concerns about Commander Gedney’s physical condition and excessive drinking (see also letters of 1851 March 31and April 15, Ruschenberger to Mason)

Gettings, John S.

1845 Jun 19

Baltimore, Md.

Gettings was president of the Chesapeake Bank. Concerns loan approval for Mason

[Gettings], John S.

1846 Jun 25

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns the renewal of Mason’s note

Gholson, Thomas S.

1844 Oct 14

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a deposition

Gholson, Thomas S.

1845 Feb 22

Petersburg, Va.

Letter of introduction for William R. Drinkard, an office seeker; bears affidavit of George W. Bolling

Gholson, Thomas S.

1845 May 28

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a financial note

Gholson, Thomas S.

1851 Aug 11

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns letters of introduction for John Gholson (son?)

Gholson, Thomas S.

1852 Mar 24

Petersburg, Va.

Returning note not discounted; also concerns other financial matters, including the offer of $1000 loan

Gibbon, John Heysham

1853 Sep 26

U. S. Mint at Charlotte, N.C.

Concerns the mint and supply of precious metals and possible modifications

Gibson, Alexander

1848 Oct 15

Portsmouth, Va.

[to Charles F. Osborne, Richmond, Va.] Defends himself on accusations that he called Mason a liar

Gibson, James King

1848 Nov 1

Abingdon, Va.

Concerns Col. James Hays Piper; encloses copy of letter from Piper dated Oct. 26, 1848, concerning money he owes John Young Mason

Gibson, James King

1848 Dec 20

Abingdon, Va.

Concerns Col Piper and a debt

Gibson, James King

1849 Feb 9

Abingdon, Va.

Concerns Col. Piper’s debts, in particular money he owed John Young Mason

Gibson, James King

1850 May 6

Abingdon, Va.

Fears he will have to sue Col. Piper and his security (who lives in Grayson County)

Gibson, William K.

1848 Oct 18

Abingdon, Va.

Concerns Col. Piper’s debt to Mason

Godwin, Shimuel

1845 Jul 19

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns a letter from Judge Bayley concerning assistance if sent abroad

Godwin, Shimuel

1845 Oct 7

Washington, D.C.

Patched up his differences with Dr. Boykin who wishes to get his son into West Point

Godwin, Shimuel

1846 Apr 11

Smithfield, Va.

Fears loss of son who sailed from Liverpool Dec. 30 and missing; desperately needs job

Godwin, Shimuel

1847 Nov 20

Pension Office, Washington, D.C.

Asks for aid with the president in obtaining a position; warden of the penitentiary

Godwin, Shimuel

1850 Nov 4

Washington, D.C.

Concerns pension certificate of Thomas Price

Godwin, Shimuel

1852 Aug 26

Washington, D.C.

Concerns renewing Mason’s note with Dr. Merritt

Goldsborough, Louis M.

1848 Oct 24

Baltimore, Md.

Cites recent “difficulties” between Commander Stockton and Gen. Kearney as partial reason for his “paper,” presumably defining levels of authority

Goode, Samuel

1850 Aug 30

Hot Springs, Va.

Concerns the time-line for the canal reaching Buchanan and inquires about extending it to Covington, Va.; also concerns fees for the canal’s use

Goodwyn, William Samuel

1845 Nov 5

Jerusalem, Va.

Concerns the estate of Mrs. [?] Stone and rumors of marriage for Eliza Mason

Goodwyn, William Samuel

1846 Jul 24

Jerusalem, Va.

Financial matters concerning several estates

Goodwyn, William Samuel

1852 Aug 6

Hicksford, Va.

Informs Mason of the death of Robert Ridley and asks Mason to write an obituary; also concerns Ridley’s estate

Gordon, Alexander George

1847 Oct 23

US Brig Porpoise

Repairs and refitting of the Porpoise should be completed in about 2 weeks; would like some of his previous men to be included in the new crew

Gordon, Juliet A. (Opie)

1845 Mar 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns her husband’s application for command of the Dolphin and asks John Young Mason to use his influence with the new Secretary of the Navy

Gordon, Juliet A. (Opie)

1846 Jun 1

Fort Hamilton, N.Y.

Concerns her husband whom she feels is being treated unfairly by some of his superiors in the Navy; wants sea duty

Gordon, Juliet A. (Opie)

1848 Feb 5

Fort Hamilton, N.Y.

Concerns her husband Lieut. Alexander G. Gordon and the US Brig Porpoise and the fact that he had not been heard from concerning his ship’s accounts and payroll since June 2, 1847

Gould, William T.

1847 Oct 18

Augusta, Ga.

Concerns Mason’s political views; shows Georgia election results (pretty much split 50/50 between Democrats and Whigs)

Graham, John Lorimer

1847 Jun 11

New York, N.Y.

Concerns his son serving with Gen. Scott in Mexico, wishes to be transferred from infantry to cavalry - quotes from his son’s letter of May 14 - also concerns John Young Mason’s literary efforts

Grandin, William

1848 Jun 28

Washington, D.C.

Forwarding communications from Aldrich (see also June 26, 1848)

Grandin, William

1848 Sep 9

New York, N.Y.

Concerns his invitation to be a part of an experimental trip in the steamer California - also concerns national politics

Green, Benjamin E.

1846 Dec 21

Navy Dept., Washington, D.C.

Concerns the Columbia (ship)

Green, Benjamin E.

1847 Mar 20

Navy Dept., Washington, D.C.

Reminded Mason to forward papers (unidentified papers) to [?] Maynard at New Orleans

Green, Duff

1848 Jan 28

Washington, D.C.

Concerns officers’ pay and cost of provisions/equipment for the detachment under the command of Lieut. Lafayette Maynard

Gregory, [Francis. H.]

1848 Sep 15

Norwalk, Conn.

Declines command of the East India Squadron because of his wife’s extreme ill health

Gregory, Francis H.

1848 Nov 29

New Haven, Conn.

Concerns rumors that a command Mason had promised him is being given to another; also concerns his wife’s improvement in health

Gregory, Francis H.

1848 Dec 27

New Haven, Conn.

Offers apology for the tone of the previous letter (Nov. 29) and reminded Mason of his promise of a command

Grier, John W., Rev.

1848 Jan 13

 

[from Mason to Rev. Grier] Responding to a letter concerning the propeller ship Massachusetts which had sailed for California and Oregon with troops and munitions under the War Dept.; ship will be transferred to the Navy Dept. at San Francisco; discussion of forms of discipline and punishment; Mason disagreed with the correspondent

Grier, John W.

1849 Jan [?]

Navy Chaplain

Concerns a proposal to make San Francisco a naval station; expresses concerns that the sailors would desert and head for the gold fields; offers his solution to this and volunteers his assistance

Grigsby, Hugh Blair

1851 Jul 22

Charlotte County, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Grigsby, Hugh Blair

1851 Dec 25

Charlotte County, Va.

Concerns payment of interest

Grigsby, Hugh Blair

1852 Jun 24

Charlotte County, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Grymes, Ann Eilbeck Mason

1845 May 1

King George County, Va.

Concerns a pension for daughter whose husband [George Mason Hooe] died aboard ship while in the service

Grymes, Ann Eilbeck Mason

1845 May 30

Hampton, Va.

Concerns some papers John Young Mason sent to her; letters from Lieut. [George Mason Hooe] to his wife describing the misconduct of his command; and her kinsman, John Thompson Mason, a lawyer

Gwynn, Walter

1847 Mar 23

Washington, D.C.

Thanks Mason for his “kind attention”; had interview with the President; wishes the president would send him immediately to the Rio Grand to command the troops; has fought 10,000 battles in his imagination

Gwynn, Walter

1847 Mar 25

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the James River and Kanawha Canal Company (of which he is president) and his desire to be leading a regiment in Mexico

Haines, Augustine

1846 Jun 1

U.S. District Attorney for Maine

Concerning the government’s case against Cyrus Libby, charged with abetting the slave trade by transporting two 14 year old boys from the coast of Africa to Rio de Janeiro

Hallett, Benjamin Franklin

1845 Sep 19

Boston, Mass.

Concerns a vacancy on the Supreme Court due to the death of Judge Joseph Story; discussion of possible replacements, including Marcus Morton and George Woodward; and the importance of their views on abolition

Hanly, Tom B.

1849 Jul 20

Helena, Ark.

Concerns crops; no sickness (cholera) on Mason’s plantation; and other business concerning Mason’s plantation in Coahoma, Miss.

Harris, Howell

1846 Sep 22

Southampton County, Va.

Concerns the condemnation and execution of Jack (slave) for being “concerned” in the Southampton Insurrection; (Jack’s owner, Joseph Ruse, was killed); and the testimony of Harris; also concerns the suicide by hanging of a “very valuable servant” of J. H. Prince

Heath, John Francis

1844 Apr 19

London, Eng.

[to Francis E. Rives] Concerns, in part, John Young Mason and U.S. politics

Henderson, Archibald

1847 Oct 28

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Concerns the availability of rooms at Center House for the War Dept. and a court martial

Henderson, Archibald

1848 Jun 15

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Concerns Col. Thomas Hart Benton’s resolution; need of large, strong corps; Mr. Yulee’s prejudices

Henshaw, J. Sidney

1846 Sep 20

Washington, D.C.

Having lost his faculty position when the Navy school was moved from Philadelphia to Annapolis, Henshaw wishes to be reinstated; also concerns military law and international law texts

Henshaw, J. Sidney

1846 Sep 20

 

Concerns his mathematical expertise and possible service to the “coast survey”

Hicks, Henry

1848 Apr 22

Wilmington, Del.

[to Robert M. McLane] Asks McLane to use his influence with John Young Mason to get the Navy Dept.’s advertisement published in the Delaware Gazette (the only Democratic paper in the state)

Higgins, John A.

1848 Jun 7

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a discounted renewed note of Mason’s

Higgins, John A.

1849 Feb 28

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his bid for the tobacco contract with the Navy

Higgins, John A.

1849 Mar 1

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns difficulties in getting to Washington; asks that the tobacco decision be delayed until his arrival

Holmes, Isaac Edward

1848 Sep 20

Charleston, S.C.

Inquires as to when the USS Cyane will return to this country; also concerns national politics and his own bid for Congress

Hotham, Charles

1847 Dec 27

 

[to Comm. W. C. Bolton, USS Jamestown] Concerns Bolton’s illness, would like to have a conversation with Bolton on “public affairs” before the Jamestown sails - note of WCB written and received at Porto Praya

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1845 Apr 25

Lloyds, Essex County, Va.

Letter of introduction for Eustace Conway

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1845 Jun 19

 

Concerns B. Baker, a job seeker, from King George Co., Va.

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1846 Jul 2

 

[Imperfect] Concerns the construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and its financing

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1846 Jul 2

 

Concerns the financing and construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

Hunter, Robert M. T., and Thomas H. Bayly

1846 Aug 7

 

Seeking promotion for Dr. Joseph H. Robins

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1846 Sep 10

 

Letter of recommendation for Ellwood Fisher of Ohio as the commissioner of the general land office - also concerns other presidential appointments

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1846 Oct 16

Lloyd’s, Essex County, Va.

Concerns [Erastus?] Montague and the war with Mexico

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1847 Jun 5

Lloyds, Essex County, Va.

Concerns Col. Piper (of the land office) and [?]’s return from Sardinia

Hunter, Robert M. T.

1852 Jun 29

 

Just received Mason’s letter and will “take an early opportunity to attend to the matter to which it refers”

Hunter, William W., Lieut.

1848 Feb 7

Norfolk, Va.

Alleghany is now ready for sea and test cruise to Brazil (the Alleghany was an iron hulled steam vessel with propellers and a “shield deck”)

Hurst, William Decatur

1845 Apr 19

Philadelphia, Pa.

[to Comm. William B. Stockton] Report of the incidents which led to a duel between Hurst and Creighton on board the USS Truxton off the coast of Africa

Ingersoll, Charles Jared

1848 Mar 6

U.S. House of Representatives

[from Mason to Ingersoll] Concerns midshipmen appointments

Ingersoll, Charles Jared

1845 Mar 9

Washington, D.C.

Cannot meet with Mason due to a previous commitment out of town

Ingersoll, Charles Jared

1846 Dec 21

 

Concerns ordering a Boston store-ship to New York

Ingersoll, Charles Jared.

1847 May 25

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns nomination for appointment as Register of the Treasury

J., T. A.

1852 Aug 31

 

Notes on the building of lighthouses in Virginia

Johns, Henry V. D.

1848 Apr 4

Baltimore, Md.

[from Margaret Ritchie, Washington, D.C.] Requests her aid in getting John Young Mason’s “eye” concerning the widow and 10 children (8 daughters) of Col. Hebb (father of Col. C. D. Hebb), keeper of the Marine arsenal at Washington; asks her to read the enclosed letter from William Meade Addison and then give it to Mason; letter, 1848 Apr. 4, of William Meade Addison, Baltimore, Md., to Rev. Henry V. D. Johns concerns the death of Col. Arent Hebb and asks that his widow, Sarah, be allowed to take his place as keeper and remain in the small cottage by the magazine; also mentions one of his sons who is attached to the Tennessee Volunteers in Mexico

Johnson, James, Dr.

1848 Jun 14

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns mule sales, “ California Fever,” and relates that Mason’s father’s family are all well

Johnson, Reverdy

1847 Jan 4

U.S. Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C.

Concerns giving Lieut. [Edward G.] Tilton command of a vessel; he is now “amongst the oldest” lieutenants in the service

Johnson, [Reverdy]

1847 Dec 23

 

Asks for a statement by John Young Mason to publish concerning a statement by E. Robinson published in the Union concerning Congress, the laws and the Postmaster General

Johnson, Reverdy

1848 Jun 21

U.S. Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C.

Concerns a meeting with Mason

Johnson, Richard Mentor

1845 Oct 5

White Sulphur, Ky.

Wants Edward Crawford of Louisville appointed purser in the Navy

Johnson, Richard Mentor

1847 Mar 10

White Sulphur, Ky.

Concerns Col Alfred J. Vaughan, who wished to remain the Indian Agent when the Pottawattamies were relocated further west; also concerns an appointment to midshipman for Johnson’s nephew; and if war with Mexico continues, Johnson would like to come out of retirement and lead a regiment of volunteers

Johnson, Richard Mentor

1848 Dec 27

White Sulphur, Ky.

Concerns [?] Hunter’s application for purser

Jones & Hudson

1849 Jun 8

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the overloaded barque Caroline and damaged cargo; encloses letter, June 7, of Edward William Devoss

Jones & Hudson

1849 Jun 30

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the barque Caroline, Judge Halyburton, and a case Mason is involved with (see 1849 June 8)

Jones, Benjamin

1845 Apr 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the introduction of Virginia tobacco into China, particularly snuff; wants letter of introduction to the Chinese consul

Jones, George H.

1844 Apr 21

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns his need of an appointment; a speech by “Mr. Clay,” most of which was “an abuse of Mr. Tho. Ritchie;” politics; and the Texas issue

Jones, George H.

1845 Mar 5

Navy Dept., Washington, D.C.

Expresses sorrow at Mason leaving the Navy Dept. and expresses gratitude for all of his kindnesses

Jones, George H.

1849 Apr 24

Washington, D.C.

Concerns John Young Mason’s note that is due at the end of the month and Mason’s relocation

Jones, George H.

1849 Aug 4

Washington, D.C.

Concerns changes in administration putting his job in jeopardy; also concerns a note of Mason’s due at the Bank of Metropolis in September

Jones, George H.

1849 Sep 28

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his loss of office; was replaced by one from the current party in power

Jones, George H.

1849 Dec 27

Washington, D.C.

Concerns financial matters

Jones, James H.

1849 Feb 24

US Frigate Raritan (I)

Concerns a Senate nomination

Jones, M. A.

1846 Aug 15

“West View,” Brunswick County, Va.

Confidential letter concerning his nephew, Thomas F. Goode, and his previous mental instability; also relates news of Mason’s parents, as well as daughters Mary Ann and Sarah ; there has been much sickness in Brunswick County

Jones, Thomas ap Catesby

1844 Dec 23

Prospect Hill, Va.

Seeks employment; refers to his experience as an inspector of Naval ordnance in the 1820s

Jones, Thomas ap Catesby

1846 Sep 28

 

Desires his son, M. Patterson Jones, to join the naval school at Annapolis - congratulations to him on his restoration to the post of Secretary of the Navy

Jones, Thomas ap Catesby

1847 Sep 28

Prospect Hill, Va.

[to Seth Barton, Washington, D.C.] Tells Barton he must take the enclosed letter (1847 Sept. 24, Pintz to Jones, concerning the need for an order from Mason to take items belonging to Jones and Barton on the charter ship Matilda, as said ship does not take private freight) and go see John Young Mason immediately to get an order concerning shipment of baggage

Jones, Thomas ap Catesby

1851 Mar 3

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his court martial in 1850 for "oppression" of junior officers

Jones, William Carey

1847 Nov 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Commodore Stockton, Gen. Kearney, John C. Fremont, Commander Biddle, and Navy/War instructions

Jordan, Madison

1844 Mar 19

Norfolk, Va.

Congratulations on Mason’s appointment as Secretary of Navy

Jordan, Madison

1844 Oct 26

 

Accompanies a gift of oysters; mentions a large meeting of the Democratic Party in Norfolk

Jordan, Madison

1844 Nov 13

 

Concerns politics and the results of the recent presidential election

Jordan, Madison

1845 Apr 24

 

Concerns rumors of war with England over the boundary between Oregon and Canada; encloses letter from Mason’s son John, purser aboard the sloop Vincennes

Jordan, Madison

1845 Jun 12

 

Concerns rumors that all of the Tyler men are to be removed; denies being a Tyler man; needs time to look for a new way to put bread on the table for his family

Jordan, Madison

1846 Feb 24

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns his disappointment about an appointment for his son; also concerns rumors circulating as to why Jordan had gone to Washington

Jordan, Madison

1846 Oct 5

 

Nominates his son, Thomas, to fill a recent vacancy on his staff

Jordan, Madison

1846 Oct 23

Portsmouth, Va.

Appreciates Mason’s advice

Jordan, Madison

1847 Feb 17

 

Concerns the increase in size of the Marine Corps and his son, Powhatan, who would like to have a career in the military

Jordan, Madison

1847 Sep 17

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his search for a bookkeeper to replace the one that resigned to accept a position in Richmond

Jordan, Madison

1848 Jul 15

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns a midshipman’s warrant for Benjamin [?], the son of a friend of Mr. Loyall’s

Jordan, Madison

1852 Dec 4

 

Losing his home on the 20th; also concerns Boykin’s application to run the Navy store at Portsmouth; is thinking about applying as an auditor when there is an opening; also concerns interpersonal relationships

Jordan, Madison

1853 Apr 19

Washington, D.C.

Primarily concerns his difficulty in communicating with Mason in person and by letter

Judson, Edward Zane Carroll

1847 Nov 4

New York, N.Y.

Enclosing a copy of the letter he wrote to Capt. John H. Aulick, USN, defending his remarks concerning Aulick and asking for a court of enquiry; tells Aulick if the court clears him of charges, he will print a retraction

Judson, Edward Zane Carroll

1847 Nov 11

New York, N.Y.

Enclosing a copy of a letter received from Capt. Aulick in answer to one he wrote on the 4th, and a copy of his reply to the current letter; also request copies of everything, good or bad, pertaining to himself in the Navy Dept.’s files

Kearn, John M.

1848 Sep 20

New York, N.Y.

Concerns reduction in wages and man power at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Kearney, Lawrence

1845 May 14

Perth Amboy, N.J.

Speaks in favor of William T. Rogers, incumbent, as opposed to Walker

Kearney, Lawrence

1847 Aug 24

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a change in position and leave to go home and see his wife

Kearney, Lawrence

1849 Feb 26

Perth Amboy, N.J.

Expresses thanks for kindnesses shown personally and professionally; loss of his wife has left him with 2 sons under 3 yrs. of age; asks for extension of his leave to make provisions for his family

Kemper, James L.

1850 Sep 16

Madison Court House, Va.

Concerns his candidacy for the office of clerk to the Constitutional Convention

Kemper, William Stephen

1852 Aug 4

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Concerns University bonds

Kennedy, C. W.

1848 Nov 23

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Commodore [David] Conner and his criticism of Conner

Kennedy, Charles H.

1845 Feb 5

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns “stationing” a ship’s company

Kennedy, Charles H.

1849 Jan [?]

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Capt. John Aulick

Key, Francis Scott

1847 Nov 4

The Elms, Carroll County, Md.

Concerns difficulties in obtaining a commission for himself

Key, Henry Greenfield Sothoron

1845 May 8

Leonard Town, Md.

Writing on behalf of his son-in-law, Dudley Walker, concerning money Walker feels entitled to as a former purser and the possibilities of bringing suit; also, rumors concerning the removal of the warden at the penitentiary in Washington and recommending a replacement

Kinman, W. H.

1852 Jun 13

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his report to be made to the Naval Committee

La Sere, Emile

1848 Aug 17

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns John Young Mason’s call to Virginia because of the illness of one of his children, and the selection of a site for a naval depot

La Sere, Emile

1848 Sep 18

New Orleans, La. (?)

Concerns the purchase of land for a naval depot in the area

Lathrop, John

1850 Jun 11

(telegram to Mason)

“I will send your canal through Alleghany Mountains if you wish. Please answer.”

Lathrop, John

1850 Jun 13

Buffalo

Concerns surveys in the Alleghany Mountains for the Kanawha Canal

Laughlin, S. H.

1847 Apr 2

Washington, D.C.

Concerning an appointment for his son, John James to Annapolis, as promised to him by the President

Laughlin, S. H.

1847 Jul 14

Washington, D.C.

Thanks Mason for his “kind interference for my poor deluded boy....” Also concerns Democrats, Whigs, and elections

Laurence, A. N.

1850 Apr 29

Washington, D.C.

Concerns land speculation

Laurence, A. N.

1850 Jun 28

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a survey

Laurence, A. N.

1850 Jul 19

Liverpool, Eng.

Concerns financial matters

Laurence, A. N.

1850 Nov 4

Liverpool, Eng.

[to Mason and Henry L. Burke] Very unhappy with the survey which was not done to his specifications, contract has expired, and it appears to Laurence that events were deliberate to undermine his land speculation (See letter of 1850 April 29); also concerns Gen. Chapman

Laurence, A. N.

1851 Jun 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the differing views of Gen. Cabell, Col. Mackay, and John Young Mason; asks Mason to explain his own views; also concerns financial matters

Laurence, A. N.

1851 Jul 7

Washington, D.C.

Concerns business dealings with Mason and Gen. Chapman

Laurence, A. N.

1851 Nov 18

Philadelphia, Pa.

Urges Mason to push the General (perhaps Chapman - see July 7); also relays sketchy information about a business proposition with a man in New York

Laurence, A. N.

1851 Nov 25

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Chapman and a survey

Laurence, A. N.

1851 Dec 30

New York, N.Y.

Concerns purchases and a gift of wine; more about Chapman and the survey

Laurence, A. N.

1852 Apr 2

Liverpool, Eng.

Concerns Gen. Chapman, Col. Mackay, the long promised surveys, the sale of 10,000 acres, “madman” Louis Napoleon, London’s fear of invasion, and the bad state of affairs in France (likened to the reign of terror)

Law, John, Hon.

1848 Sep 12

Terra Haute, Ind.

Concerns his son Richard L. Law, who passed midshipman in 1847 - also concerns politics of Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois

Layne, Douglas B.

1847 Mar 12

Richmond, Va.

Concerns a commission for his son

Layne, Douglas B.

1851 Nov 13

Callaghan, [Alleghany County, Va.?]

Concerns a letter with advice he was expecting from John Young Mason; McDowell was complaining at the Fincastle court that Mason had not sent some papers in his possession; also concerns damages at Jackson and politics

Leake, Walter F.

1848 Mar 1

Rockingham, N.C.

Concerns the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Leake, Walter F.

1851 May 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Joseph C. Cabell, first president of the James River and Kanawha Company

Lepper, Edwin

1845 Feb 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns experiments with his salt water powered generator for steam engines

Leslie, Robert

1845 Dec 4

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s personal finances and surity bonds’ bears account

Lewis, Charles S.

1852 Dec 15

Virginia House of Delegates , Richmond

Concerns a bill to authorize a loan to the James River and Kanawha Canal Company

Lewis, Dixon H.

1846 Dec 13

Washington, D.C.

Asks Mason to come see him

Lewis, Dixon H.

1847 May 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a position for lawyer Perry E. Brockers

Lewis, Dixon H.

1847 Aug 18

Lowndes County, Ala.

Concerns Benjamin F. Isherwood (Naval engineer) and John B. Rittenhouse

Lewis, L. L.

1847 Mar 04

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a vacancy at Harper’s Ferry; possible job at the pension office

Lewis, L. L.

1847 Sep 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Col. McPherson of Page and several letters he wishes to have forwarded to him at the Adjutant General’s Office

Lewis, L. L.

1848 Dec 11

Washington, D.C.

‘Sour grapes’ about not getting an appointment

Lewis, L. L.

1848 Dec 13

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his inability to get appointments and the President’s prejudice against him

Lewis, L. L.

1849 Jan 26

Washington, D.C.

Concerns salary for surveyors marking the boundary with Mexico

Lewis, L. L.

1849 Jul 22

Washington, D.C.

Asks return of something he had prepared for publication

Lewis, Mary A.

1845 Feb 7

Drewryville, Va.

Asks Mason to write to Thomas [Applewhite, Mason’s ward] and tell him where to go to school

Lewis, Mary A.

1845 Nov 6

Drewryville, Va.

Mason’s ward Thomas was taken away by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Batte; accusations of taking the child’s money

Lofland, Charles

1846 Oct 24

Cashier, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Memphis, Tenn.

[to Joseph S. Watkins, Navy Agent] Concerns the Navy account and method of payment (balance - $95,422.94)

Loyall, George

1844 Oct 16

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns unspecified difficulties of Midshipman E. Higgins

Loyall, George

1845 Jan 18

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the new sloop St. Mary’s - destined for the Mediterranean; also speculation regarding the new Presidential Cabinet

Loyall, George

1845 Mar 6

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns an applicant for the Marine Corps and rumors of Mason leaving the Navy Dept.

Loyall, George

1845 Apr 14

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Reference for John Cooke, of Portsmouth, Va., seeking position as agent in Live Oak, Fla..

Loyall, George

1845 Apr 26

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Capt. Gardner

Loyall, George

1845 May 19

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns [?] Walthall who sailed with the squadron to China, and Mason’s son John

Loyall, George

1845 Oct 2

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his son George, a student at Georgetown College

Loyall, George

1847 Mar 30

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Dr. Peete’s letter overlooked concerning exciting mail from Gen. Taylor’s army; also concerns Commodore Carpender and his seeming egotism

Loyall, George

1847 Sep 24

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a transfer for past Midshipman Selden

Lynch, William Francis

1848 Dec 28

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns publication of his narrative of his voyage aboard the USS Supply to the Dead Sea, 1847-48.

Lynch, William Francis

1849 Jan 15

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns the publishing of a narrative and official report of the expedition to the Dead Sea, 1847-48.

Lynch, William Francis

1849 Feb 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Wants Mason’s bottle of water from the Dead Sea; Lynch does not have an adequate amount for analysis

Lynch, William Francis

1849 May 8

Philadelphia, Pa.

Asks permission to dedicate his writing to Mason [Lynch published Narrative of the United States' Expedition to the Dead Sea in 1849]

Lynch, William Francis

1849 Jun 18

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a copy of his narrative for President Polk enclosed receipt for a package for Mason (presumably a copy for Mason)

Lynch, William Francis

1852 Jul 24

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the publication of his scientific research in the Official Report of the United States' Expedition to Explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan (1852).

Lyon, Francis Strother

1852 Dec 18

Mobile, Ala.

Offering to invest $500,000 to $1,000,000 in Virginia state bonds for internal improvements (i.e., the James River and Kanawha Canal) at 5 or 6% interest

Macfarland, William H.

1844 Jun 1

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns a bond that was lost; also concerns Chesterfield County, Va., coal, and politics

Macfarland, William H.

1845 Jan 18

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns John Young Mason’s personal finances

Macfarland, William H.

1845 Aug 25

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns security for the bank as required by U.S. Sec. of the Treasury Robert J. Walker

Macfarland, William H.

1847 May 3

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns financial matters

Macfarland, William H.

1847 Aug 7

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s personal finances and a note due at the Farmers Bank

Macfarland, William H.

1847 Nov 26

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns note (attached) of John Young Mason which was not discounted

Macfarland, William H.

1848 Jul 7

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Financial matters

MacFarland, William H.

1847 May 7

Farmer’s Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Forgot to hand in Mason’s note to the Farmer’s Bank for renewal

Maclin, William T.

1848 Sep 25

Drewrysville, Va.

Concerns leasing the Applewhite plantation [Mason was administrator of the estate of Jane (Batte) Applewhite and guardian of Thomas H. Applewhite and Rebecca Jane (Applewhite) Beamon]

Manly, Charles

1845 Jul 8

Secretary/treasurer of the Board of Trustees, University of North Carolina, Raleigh

Advising John Young Mason that the Board had conferred on him the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree

Marcy, William Learned

1844 Apr 1

Albany, N.Y.

Letter of introduction for R. C. Wetmore

Marcy, William Learned

1844 Apr 2

Albany, N.Y.

Letter of introduction for Col. J. D. Stevenson

Marcy, William Learned

1846 Jun 19

US War Dept., Washington, D.C.

Seeks legal clarification of acts passed concerning compensation (including clothing) for the military

Marcy, William Learned

1848 Sep 21

Albany, N.Y.

Concerns politics, the free soil movement, the “amalgamation [of] abolitionists, ” the “Clay movement, ” the upcoming presidential election, and the campaigns of Zachary Taylor and Lewis Cass

Marcy, William Learned

1852 May 25

Albany, N.Y.

Letter of introduction for Judge Stryker

Marshall, Charles H.

1847 Dec 20

New York, N.Y.

Attempting to obtain mail contract for the steamer United States

Martin, Joshua Lanier

1846 Sep 21

Tuskaloosa, Ala.

Concerns corruption in government; politics; family news; gamblers; and cotton on land in Mississippi

Martin, Joshua Lanier

1847 Apr 10

Tuskaloosa, Ala.

Concerns getting rid of “Mr. Thomas” at the university and national politics

Mason, Charles

1844 Dec 10

Steamer Augusta

On his way to New Orleans to settle as a planter

Mason, Charles

1850 Apr 5

King George County, Va.

Concerns the proposed Nashville Convention

Mason, Edmunds

1835 Dec 4

 

Finances, family news, politics, hiring of slaves

Mason, Edmunds

1846 Jun 13

Stony Mount, Va.

Family news

Mason, Eilbeck

1846 Feb 5

Vicksburg, Miss.

Letter of introduction for an office seeker

Mason, Eilbeck

1848 May 3

Vicksburg, Miss.

Concerning Samuel L. Clarke (of Vicksburg) who is seeking a midshipman’s appointment

Mason, Eilbeck

1852 Jan 24

Vicksburg, Miss.

Concerns various business matters

Mason, Eilbeck

1852 Dec 20

Vicksburg, Miss.

Concerns financial matters; letter bears account

Mason, Eilbeck

1853 Jun 24

Vicksburg, Miss.

Concerns an account concerning [?] Thomas

Mason, George

1846 Dec 11

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Wishes to use his name as reference - establishing his law career

Mason, George, Dr. (brother)

1845 Oct 30

“West View,” Greensville County, Va.

Concerns bonds, C. Batts, Orris Browne, [?] Shepherd, and W. Cook

Mason, Henry

1845 May 16

Laurel Spring, Surry County, Va.

Concerns the estates of Thomas Mason and Peyton Mason and the inheritance of slaves and money

Mason, James E., Jr. (cousin)

1844 Nov 30

Fayette County, Tenn.

Recommends James D. Jackson, of Dinwiddie County, Va., for postmaster in Fayette County, Tenn.; seeks appointment for himself as Naval storekeeper at Memphis, Tenn., or purser; also contains family news

Mason, James E., Jr. (cousin)

1847 Mar 22

Fayette County, Tenn.

Lost most of his property because of his stepmother; has a wife and 5 children; needs position; would like to work at the Memphis Navy Yard if possible

Mason, James Murray

1847 Feb 22

Washington, D.C.

Letter of introduction for J. W. Smith, son of Rev. George W. Smith, who conducts the Fairfax Institute in Virginia, and a nephew of John M. Patton; desires commission in the army

Mason, James Murray

1848 Feb 1

Washington, D.C.

Granville reported that John Young Mason desired to see him concerning Granville’s appointment as midshipman - James M. Mason has been twice to his office and three times to Mason’s house

Mason, James Murray

1851 Jan 14

Washington, D.C.

Concerns accommodations for his trip to Richmond

Mason, James Murray

1852 Nov 22

Selma

Concerns appointments and politics

Mason, James Murray

1852 Dec 23

Washington, D.C.

Will see John Young Mason when he is in Richmond after January 1 and “can then say in person what need not be said here”

Mason, John

1844 Nov 30

Fayette County, Tenn.

Asks to be appointed storekeeper or purser at the port of Memphis, Tenn.

Mason, John R.

1845 Dec 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns a financial matter he was attempting to handle for John Young Mason

Mason, John Y., Jr.

1845 May 28

USS Vincennes

Brother is with him; getting ready to sail; asks his father if he thinks “Miss A” (otherwise unidentified) will wait for him

Mason, Joseph

1847 Aug 15

(Mason’s ward) Clover Garden

Written as he is entering Mr. Bingham’s junior class; very homesick; boarding with James Morrow; letter from is mother said sister Laura was going to the Springs; also asks permission to get some clothes

Mason, Joseph W.

1849 Apr 16

Sussex County, Va.

Concerns a court settlement and costs

Mason, Lewis Edmunds

1846 May 4

Drewrysville, Va.

Concerns the debts of [?] Sledge

Mason, Lewis Edmunds

1850 May 18

Richmond, Va.

Concerns financial matters and family news

Mason, Littleberry W.

1849 Feb 15

Sussex, Va.

Concerns claims against Augustus Westbrook; has questions concerning a bond secured by deed of trust written for him by Mason; also concerns note for $50 and money Westbrook owes James Mason

Mason, Littleberry W.

1849 May 4

Sussex, Va.

Concerns Robert H. Eldgridge who wishes to be appointed Deputy Marshal of Sussex County, Va.

Mason, M. B.

1846 Jan 26

Washington, D.C.

Trying to enlist the legal aid of John Young Mason in recovering some family property in Maryland; estate estimated @ $150,000

Mason, Nathaniel

1844 Mar 26

Summit, N.C.

Concerns establishing his right to a land warrant through his father

Mason, Nathaniel

1848 Jan 4

Brunswick County, Va.

Concerns his family’s Revolutionary claim; asks John Young Mason to lend his aid in securing the claim

Mason, Nathaniel

1851 Sep 12

Brunswick County, Va.

Concerns his qualifications as guardian of his son who was left an estate in Louisiana and a proposed trip to the southwest

Mason, Theodora

1845 Oct 8

New York, N.Y.

Mason’s ward; concerns her vacation and asks for money; encloses a letter to her little brother Joseph telling news from home, including the death of Mr. Nichol’s son Sammy

Mason, Wiley Roy

1851 Jan 6

Cleinland, King George County, Va.

Concerns the will of Alexander Seymour Hooe and “Pipington” and “Friedland,” King George County, Va.; enclosure copy of portion of A. S. Hooe’s will pertaining to his land in King George County, Va.

Maury, Henry

1846 Jan 19

USRS McLane, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

[to Samuel Barron] Ship is being winterized, modification of design - Mr. Frye of New York sent for compass regulation as the McLane is an iron vessel

Maury, Matthew Fontaine

1845 May 19

 

Concerns “young Patton,” “Robert,” and the sailing of the “Dale” from New York City [note: may be dated 1846]

Maxwell, Augustus Emmett

1848 Dec 30

 

Copy of resolutions concerning the removal of military munition from St. Augustine; the protections of eastern Florida by a force of at least 1000 men; governing and directing transit through the keys; and list of those individual to receive a copy of the resolutions

May, David

1845 Sep 4

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a suit by A.T.B. Merritt for a portion of a bond signed by Mason and others

May, David

1846 Jan 10

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns assignment of fees to the estate of Joseph Mason; Mason owes fees connected with the estate of [Jane Batte] Applewhite and fees in other cases: R. M. Gilliam and B. W. Leigh. Wants to know how to handle the problem. Also, deposited money to the credit of John Young Mason

May, David

1846 Jan 10

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the estate of Joseph Mason

May, David

1846 Jan 16

Petersburg, Va.

Sending statement and check as directed regarding Joseph Mason’s estate

May, David

1846 Jul 22

Petersburg, Va.

Financial matters

May, David

1852 Jun 22

Petersburg, Va.

Financial matters concerning a note

McCalla, John M.

1848 Nov 11

2nd Auditor’s Office, U.S. Treasury Dept.

Final settlement of accounts of late Paymaster Spark showing amount due him/his estate

McCalla, John M.

1849 Jan 27

2nd Auditor’s Office, U.S. Treasury Dept.

Requests letters of introduction for Col. Labriskie (or possibly Zabriskie) of New Jersey to the Naval commandant in California

McCalla, William Latta, et al

1847 Aug 9

 

[to President James K. Polk and Gen. Zachary Taylor] Concerns the protection of Mexican churches during wartime

McClung, J. W.

1845 Jan 14

Tuskaloosa, Ala.

Recommends Hillian M. Judge for nomination by the President as Consul at Havana

McClung, J. W.

1845 Feb 1

Tuskaloosa, Ala.

Concerns Gen. George W. Crabb’s law practice in Mobile, AL - recommending appointment of District Attorney, Southern District of Alabama when a vacancy occurs

McDowell, James

1845 Apr 13

 

Enclosing letter of Jane Ross concerning her son-in-law, Gen. Arthur Bridgman, registrar of the land office in Fairfield, Iowa Territory, who took over after the death of Jane’s husband and Arthur’s attempts to support both families; McDowell turned the matter over to John Young Mason

McDowell, James

1845 Oct 12

Fincastle, Va.

Declines position at the Londonderry Consulate; salary inadequate to support his family; would accept at Glasgow or Belfast if offered; must have annual income of at least $2000; would not object to an appointment to any healthy part of the U.S.

McDowell, James

1847 May 7

Fincastle, Va.

Concerns Gen. Augustus Alexander Chapman, President Polk, and McDowell’s pending appointment (rough draft of Mason’s reply on verso)

McDowell, James

1848 Mar 13

Fincastle, Va.

Concerns his nomination for the consulate at Belfast and the Democratic National Convention

McDowell, James

1851 Jan 5

Richmond, Va.

Serving as representative of the Botetourt County stockholders of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company; wishes to discuss proceedings in his county to remove Mason and the majority of the board from the company’s management

McDowell, James

1851 Apr 21

Fincastle, Va.

Concerns the lack of representation of stockholders from area in the western part of Virginia on the committees, as well as other positions, within the James River & Kanawha Canal Company

McDowell, James

1851 Jun 21

Fincastle, Va.

Concerns building a bridge at Jackson to satisfy the James River and Kanawha Canal Company stockholders in Botetourt County, Va.

McDowell, James

1851 Aug 23

Fincastle, Va.

Concerns the reasons the citizens of Botetourt County and its environs are against the James River and Kanawha Canal Company; includes leaf labeled “Private and Confidential concerning the “conversion” of Major Gwynn”

McIntosh, James M.

1847 Jan 12

Naval Rendezvous, New York

Wishes to return to duty as commander of the Plymouth during the War with Mexico - also recommends [?] Pringle be assigned to the steamer Scourge under the command of Lieut. Charles G. Hunter

McLane, [Robert Milligan]

1847 May 25

Baltimore, Md.

Letter of introduction for David Cohen

McLane, Robert Milligan

1848 Oct 2

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns poor mail service; also concerns the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (his father was its president)

McLane, Robert Milligan

1848 Oct 24

Baltimore, Md.

Letter of introduction for Alexander Russell, Jr. - seeking contract for bricks

McLaughlin, John T.

1846 Dec 24

 

Concerns the steamer Hunter at New Orleans - defends himself regarding a conversation concerning his ship and John Young Mason

McNeill, William Gibbs

1847 Mar 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns an enclosure (wanting) and a Mr. [John] O’Sullivan

McNeill, William Gibbs

1847 Mar 19

 

[from Mason to McNeill] Concerns congressional authorization of floating docks

McNeill, William Gibbs

1847 Mar 22

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns John O’Sullivan and Gilbert’s dock (balanced floating dry dock)

McNeill, William Gibbs

1847 Jul 3

 

Concerns the July 4th holiday and his young sons; Encloses his memo on docks

McNeill, William Gibbs

1848 May 10

New York, N.Y.

Civil engineer in need of employment

Mead, A. M.

1845 Mar 21

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Mason’s daughter Betty’s studies at Mrs. Mead’s School, Richmond, Va., and Easter vacation

Mead, [A. M.]

1845 Jul 24

Richmond, Va.

Reports on Mason’s daughter Betty’s educational progress at Mrs. Mead’s School, Richmond, Va.; she leaves to return to Mason on Saturday

Meade, Richard Kidder

1844 May 12

Petersburg, Va.

Note of congratulations; also concerns national politics and his daughter at the Catholic Seminary in Georgetown

Meade, Richard Kidder

1845 Jan 17

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s personal finances

Meade, Richard Kidder

1845 Feb 13

Petersburg, Va.

Concerning William G. Birchett’s application for port inspector at City Point

Meade, Richard Kidder

1845 Apr 25

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns, in part, John Young Mason’s failure to pay Jefferson, a free man, for repairs he made to Mrs. Mason’s house in 1838; also gives Mason the results from local elections in Dinwiddie, Petersburg, and Chesterfield

Meade, Richard Kidder

1846 Jan 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns payment of a note to John Young Mason

Meade, Richard Kidder

1846 Jul 18

Petersburg, Va.

Requesting a letter for Robert Leslie, tobacco merchant, to take with him to England

Meade, Richard Kidder

1846 Dec 27

Columbia

Gives Mason his business travel itinerary in case he receives an appointment and needs to contact him

Meade, Richard Kidder

1847 Oct 17

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns an appointment as surgeon or assistant surgeon for Dr. Benjamin S. Harrison of Alabama who is “much experienced” in treating “Southern” diseases

Meade, Richard Kidder

1848 Jan 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a replacement for John Appleton

Meade, Richard Kidder

1848 Aug 23

Petersburg, Va.

[to President James K. Polk] Recommends the appointment of David Henry Branch of Virginia for governor of Oregon as Gen. Shields declined

Meade, Richard Kidder

1848 Oct 17

New York, N.Y.

Desires the command of the steamer Massachusetts or the steamer Edith

Meade, Richard Kidder

1848 Nov 7

Petersburg, Va.

Forwarding note and protest to [?] Blair; has been “politicing” in N.C.; Quakers will not vote the Whig ticket

Meade, [Richard Kidder]

1849 Mar 10

Washington, D.C.

Concerns obtaining an appointment

Meade, Richard Kidder

1853 Apr 21

Petersburg, Va.

Asks Mason to proof-read the enclosed (wanting) letter and seal and mail if he approves

Mechlin, Alexander H.

1846 Apr 28

 

Concerns publication of the opinions of the Attorney General; bears reply of John Young Mason declining to annotate and will not release material from his termas attorney general without a joint resolution of Congress authorizing him to furnish copies for publication

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1845 Sep 28

Hicksford, Va.

Encloses a signed note for John Young Mason to fill in; his health has improved since trip to the springs, but Mrs. Merritt’s less so than he anticipated; deaths of Mrs. Wilson and Ann Hinton ; now less severe illness in the neighborhood; many from Richmond and Southampton are at the springs

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1846 Jan 2

Hicksford, Va.

Previous letter has not reached him; requests Mason’s signature on papers (wanting)

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1846 Mar 19

Hicksford, Va.

End of the epidemic of the rash erysipelas and the burning of the house of Joseph Mason; financial matters

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1846 Jun 12

Hicksford, Va.

Sick in bed; sending Mason his endorsed note; also mentions Mason’s illness

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1846 Dec 10

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns Mason’s financial matters; no local news except the death of Capt. H. Wyche last week

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1847 Mar 4

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns Mason’s financial matters

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1847 Jun 19

Hicksford, Va.

Enclosing note for Mason to endorse

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1847 Nov 12

Hicksford, Va.

Will attend Court Day of the Hustings Court of Petersburg, Va., either personally or by power of attorney and will become one of Mason’s securities on his guardian bond; will pass Mason’s letter on to his brother [William H.E. Merritt?]; presumes he will also be a security

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1849 Nov 28

Petersburg, Va..

Needs to examine papers and file his notes and argument as the judge will hear no argument but decide from the papers; depends on Mason to protect his rights

Merritt, Alexander Thomas Belfield

1849 Dec 1

Petersburg, Va.

Please come Monday

Merritt, William Henry Embry

1846 Sep 4

Lawrenceville, Va.

Concerns a note endorsed by John Young Mason and the purchase of a carriage and horses

Merritt, William Henry Embry

1847 Aug 27

Lawrenceville, Va.

Asks Mason to endorse his note

Merritt, William Henry Embry

1847 Dec 3

Brunswick County, Va.

Heard that Mason had sent some of his slaves to Mississippi to grow cotton; Merritt offers to sell Mason land in Warren, Sunflower, and Tallahatchie counties, Miss.

Merritt, William Henry Embry

1847 Dec 17

Hicksford, Va.

Enclosing (missing) a note for his debt’s renewal for Mason to sign and send to Dr. Merritt; also concerns Merritt’s debt to Mason’s father

Merritt, William Henry Embry

1849 Mar 23

Lawrenceville, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Miller, Narcissus W.

1851 Jan 28

Goochland Courthouse, Va.

Concerns a complaint made to the James River and Kanawha Canal company concerning Thomas J. Hopkins, dock-keeper at Maiden’s Adventure Dam

Milligan, Robert

1847 Feb 11

Wilmington, Del.

[to John W. Houston, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.] Concerns his efforts to be reimbursed for his travel expenses home from China

Milligan, [Robert]

1849 Feb 11

Wilmington, Del.

[Robert M. McLane] Concerns a payment made by the Navy Dept. and John Young Mason having the “boldness to do what he believes is right”

Minge, Collier Harrison

1845 Jun 16

Mobile, Ala.

Concerns Thadeus Sanford, who did not get the consul position in Havana, seeming to have eyes on Minge’s job; also concerns politics

Minge, Collier Harrison

1851 Dec 08

Mobile, Ala.

Concerns dividends for James River and Kanawha Canal stockholders; also mentions the death of Dr. Minge’s daughter

Minor, William G.

1845 Jul 24

Jefferson City, Mo.

Enclosing a letter from Mr. Phelps to the President

Mitchell, John Kirkwood

1845 May 13

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns S. C. Walker and encloses a copy of his letter to George Bancroft concerning Walker’s application for a Naval professorship

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1846 Dec 12

Washington, D.C.

Concerns interpersonal relationships

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1848 Sep 12

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a vacancy (by death) in the Register’s Office (clerk); recommends J. J. Roane

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1849 Jun 28

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Dr. David Minge and [?] Jones

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1849 Aug 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns charges against John Young Mason; encloses a letter to the editor he wishes Mason to read and send to the Norfolk Argus (letter wanting)

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1849 Aug 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns published (in the Republic) accusations; abolitionists and free soilers; Van Buren; “Whiggery”; also as Mason’s opinion of Montague’s taking charge of a Democratic paper in Portsmouth; will dissolve his official connections with the government

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1851 Feb 12

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a proposition before the Virginia legislature to establish a steam ship line between Norfolk and Liverpool; also concerns the power struggle between states to control shipping

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1851 Sep 1

Philadelphia, Pa.

Requests Mason’s attendance at a meeting concerning the establishment of direct trade with Europe

Montague, Erastus Tunstall

1852 Jul 24

Washington, D.C.

Encloses money to pay off his note ($100); gave Mason’s letter to Thompson concerning passage of a bill; asks Mason to write another letter a little more “confidently”; his letter to [?] Rush had the desired effect

Montgomery, George

1847 Oct 22

New York, N.Y.

Encloses copy of letter to be presented to Mason by the major merchants of New York when Mason visits their city

Montgomery, George

1847 Nov 23

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a trip north cancelled by Mason; the supply ship on which Mason’s son is attached is still in the harbor; coming to Washington on Monday

Montgomery, George

1847 Dec 16

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a letter published in the newspapers of New York and the fact that Bennett (of the New York Herald) wanted $10 to publish it while other papers would do it for free

Montgomery, George

1848 Jan 6

New York, N.Y.

Concerns “ward” meetings to elect representatives to an organization preparatory to selecting a candidate for president ; also concerns Methodist minister, the Rev. John Poisal

Montgomery, George

1848 Dec 9

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the mail between New York and Havre

Montgomery, George

1849 Jan 26

New York, N.Y.

Concerns Midshipman [?] Baldwin

Montgomery, George

1849 Mar 2

New York, N.Y.

Concerns Mason’s departure from office, Capt. Marshall’s steamship, and Midshipman Baldwin

Montgomery, J. B.

1848 Jun 16

Navy Dept.

[from Mason to Montgomery] Concerns fitting of the USS Portsmouth and conversations with G. W. Storer

Moody, Theodore L.

1848 Dec 5

 

“Statement of differences existing on settlement of the accounts of W. W. Spark, dec. ...”

Morgan, Van Rensselaer

1845 Sep 28

Acting master of the US Frigate Congress, Norfolk, Va.

He will stay put rather than run the risk of being assigned to a smaller ship, though he would like to sail on the Columbia to Brazil

Moss, Charles R.

1844 Oct 7

Washington, D.C.

[to President John Tyler] Concerns Moss’s appointment as chief engineer for the U.S. Steam Navy and his plans for its reorganization

Moss, Charles R.

1846 Oct 8

Washington, D.C.

Concerns U.S. Senate resolutions concerning Navy engineers

Munford, George W.

1847 Dec 13

Clerk, Virginia House of Delegates, Richmond

Concerns copies of recently passed acts, including one concerning improvements to the navigation of the James River, and another concerning the St. Helena annex to the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard on the Elizabeth River

Murphy, Henry Cruse

1844 Oct 6

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Presents the concerns of plumbers employed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard concerning hospital plumbing

Murphy, Henry Cruse

1846 Sep 3

Albany, N.Y.

Concerns rumors that Mason will replace Bancroft in the Navy Dept.; relates other appointments

Murphy, Henry Cruse

1847 Mar 29

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Enclosing copy of letter from Capt. DeKay (wanting) to the Irish Relief Committee; debate of ethics of British government paying freight to U.S. Navy ships

Murphy, Henry Cruse

1848 Oct 27

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns personnel problems at the yard

Myers, Samuel H.

1847 Dec 10

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the affirmation by the appellate court of Judge Mason’s decision in Mertens v. Nettebohm; printed copies of arguments attached

Neblett, Sterling, Dr.

1848 Mar 2

Brickland, Lunenburg County, Va.

Concerns a purchase of land in Louisiana; asks Mason if he would be interested (1/3 and some of his slave labor) - cane production

Neblett, Sterling, Dr.

1848 May 6

Mississippi River

Concerns cotton and sugar crops

Neblett, Sterling, Dr.

1850 Jul 1

 

Concerns financial matters including a deed of trust involving 80 to 100 slaves

Neblett, Sterling, Dr.

1850 Oct 2

Brickland, Lunenburg County, Va.

Concerns, in part, the estate of [?] Williams

Nelson, John

1844 Dec 23

Mecklenburg County, Va.

Wants Mason’s help to find employment for Henry Perry, the son of a mutual friend

Nelson, John

1845 Nov 8

Baltimore, Md.

Will join Mason in a case concerning the Bank of the U.S.; shopping for furnishings for new “habitation; ” a social invitation

Nelson, John

1846 Sep 24

Baltimore, Md.

Asks for the re-opening of the naval station at Baltimore, Md.

Nelson, John

1847 May 24

Baltimore, Md.

Letter of introduction for David Cohen who wishes to confer with Mason

Nelson, John

1847 Jun 19

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns visit of the President, Mr. Buchanan, and John Young Mason

Nelson, John

1847 Sep 25

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns Dr. James Palmer who wishes to establish himself at the Navy yard

Nelson, John

1848 Jan 10

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns a visit from [?] Norwood, Nelson’s friend and brother-in-law

Nelson, John

1848 Apr 10

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns midshipman Thomas G. Corbin who is “attentive” to the daughter of a friend

Nelson, John

1848 Jun 27

Baltimore, Md.

Letter of introduction for William Miles of Baltimore

Nelson, John

1852 May 11

Baltimore, Md.

Invitation to John Young Mason and his wife to come to Baltimore “to make a president”

Neville, Frederick A., Lieut. Comm.

1848 Nov 24

USS Fredonia, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Concerns his inability to accommodate “Mr. B” and his family; also wants to have original order, not just orders relayed through someone else

Newsom, David R.

1845 Sep 19

Petersburg, Va., merchant

Returning $20 Washington note as it would “not pass” in Virginia; requested a Va. note; also states he has a large stock of “Negro brogans” and would be pleased to receive an order

Nicholas, [Philip Norborne]

1845 Mar 22

Richmond, Va.

Recommends an office seeker, James G. Bosher, who studied law in the office of Conway Robinson

Nicholas, Philip Norborne

1845 Nov 12

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Dabney S. Carr

Nicholas, Philip Norborne

1846 Feb 26

Richmond, Va.

Letter of introduction for George W. Carr, son of Col. Samuel Carr, of Albemarle, who desires a military appointment

Nicholas, Richard Carter

1845 Aug 14

Richmond, Va.

Recommends Vincent Bargamin for an appointment as clerk in one of the departments in Washington

Nicholas, Richard Carter

1845 Nov 24

Richmond, Va.

Sends notes and precedents regarding several legal cases as requested by John Young Mason

Nichols, Charles

1845 Jul 5

Baltimore, Md

Concerns the “insufficiency” of consular compensation; should have a stated salary of at least $3000 with an extra $1000 for office expenses

Nichols, Charles

1845 Jul 7

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns consular salaries and re-organization of that department; enforcement of tariff laws; asks Mason to speak to the president in regard to his son Elijah’s appointment to the Marine Corps

Nichols, Charles

1845 Jul 20

Richmond, Va.

Visited Mason’s daughter Betty at school, where she is doing well and wishes her father would send for her as most of her classsmates have already left for vacation. Nichols’s son Elijah is very restless; would Mason ask the president to speak with Bancroft about his appointment

Nichols, Charles

1845 Jul 21

Steamboat Augusta

Concerns the heat; also concerns C. F. Osborne and his sick family

Nichols, Charles

1845 Oct 9

New York, N.Y.

Presenting Mason with an imported palmetto wood cane

Nichols, Charles

1845 Dec 4

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the election of Judge Isaac S. Pennybacker to the U.S. Senate; the Oregon question; Mason’s daughter Betty and her studies

Nichols, Charles

1845 Dec 19

Richmond, Va.

Offers his services to negotiate government loans with European countries and cities; has close ties with English, Dutch, and German bankers

Nichols, Charles

1847 Jun 14

U.S. Consul, Amsterdam

Seeking a lieutenancy in the Marine Corps for his son, Elijah; includes a 2nd letter that is totally social in nature

Norris, William Henry

1847 Sep 16

Baltimore, Md.

Acknowledges receipt of Mason’s official letter concerning the report of Col. Gates relative to his younger brother Henry P. Norris

Norwood, J. W.

1849 Jun 14

Hillsboro, N.C.

[to John Heritage Bryan, Raleign, N.C.] Concerns money that Judge Mangum owes Judge Mason

Norwood, J. W.

1849 Jun 29

Hillsboro, N.C.

Concerns Mangum’s debt to Mason and the difficulties so far as in collecting

Nugent, John

1847 Nov 18

Washington, D.C.

Instructed by Mr. [James Gordon] Bennett to request Mason to allow him to copy his next annual report for publishing in the New York Herald; Bennett promises not to publish it until he knows the original has been sent to Congress

Nugent, John

1847 Dec 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns publication of Mason’s annual report for the Navy Dept. (See 1847 Nov. 8)

Nunnally, Lawson

1845 Jul 12

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s insufficient funds which the bank covered

Nunnally, Lawson

1845 Oct 2

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s note for $1000 due at the Bank of Virginia on October 13

Nunnally, Lawson

1846 Jan 8

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s note which will come due in October

Nunnally, Lawson

1846 Jun 13

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s illness and financial matters

Nunnally, Lawson

1847 Jan 22

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Advises John Young Mason that the board has renewed his note; also concerns Dr. [William A.] Spark

Nunnally, Lawson

1847 Apr 12

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s overdrawn account and a note that is due on the 20th

Nunnally, Lawson

1847 Apr 19

Bank of Virginia, Richmond

Concerns Mason’s financial matters; sending him a check

O’Brien, William

1846 Nov 24

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his plan to capture a castle at Veracruz

O’Brien, William

1847 Oct 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his failure to receive an appointment as a gunner in the Navy, having passed all examinations, but due to an old assault case in which he was guilty and paid the legal penalty

O’Kill, M.

1845 Apr 24

New York, N.Y.

Concerns account of Miss Mary “Theodora” Tucker Mason and a report on her education [Theodora was Mason’s ward]

O’Kill, M.

1846 Feb 20

New York, N.Y.

Concerns bill for Mason’s ward, Mary “Theodora” Tucker Mason

O’Sullivan, John Louis

1845 Jun 5

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a paragraph in the “Morning News” concerning Mason’s son [John Y., Jr.?], contradiction to appear in the “Union”

O’Sullivan, John Louis

1847 May 21

New York, N.Y.

Requests a copy of Gen. McNeill’s letter to Mason which provided the basis of a letter to O’Sullivan from Mason; also concerns [?] Dwight and the dock question

O’Sullivan, John Louis

1847 Jun 5

New York, N.Y.

[to Sen. John A. Dix] Concerns the floating dry dock controversy

O’Sullivan, John Louis

1847 Jun 19

 Washington, D.C.

Concerns alleged slander against himself and his brother; encloses 3 letters for Mason to read; note by Mason on verso concerns his return of the three enclosures

O’Sullivan, John Louis

1847 Nov 5

 

[from mason to O’Sullivan] Concerns the conflict between Commodore Barron and Mr. [?] Gilbert concerning dock design

Olmsted, Denison

1847 Aug 26

Yale College, New Haven, Conn.

Concerns John Young Mason’s address at the University of North Carolina; is sending him a copy of his memoir of Eli Whitney, another alumnus of UNC

Osborne, Charles F.

1845 Feb 20

 

Concerns his claims against the Post Office Department

Osborne, Charles F.

1845 Mar 13

 

Concerns an office seeker

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Apr 23

Richmond, Va.

Something about a resolution in the Senate

[?] [letter is Illegible]

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Jul 2

Richmond, Va.

Financial matters; bears list of notes concerning James Berry

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Jul 7

Richmond, Va.

Politics, the Mexican War, and peace

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Nov 8

Richmond, Va.

Concerns financial matter and [Alexander] Gibson

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Nov 25

Richmond, Va.

Concerns [Alexander] Gibson, Judge [now Senator] Isaac S. Pennybacker, Mexico, and politics

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Dec 15

Richmond, Va.

Concerns, in part, a letter by [?] Iverson and the U.S. Postal Service

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Dec 19

Richmond, Va.

Concerns, in part, elections to the Senate, and Dr. Spark

Osborne, Charles F.

1846 Dec 29

Richmond, Va.

Concerns politics, [Alexander] Gibson, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the Whigs

Osborne, Charles F.

1847 Jan 5

Richmond, Va.

Concerns stocks, bonds, and coupons

Osborne, Charles F.

1847 Mar 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Osborne, Charles F.

1847 May 20

Richmond, Va.

Concerns appointments

Osborne, Charles F.

1848 May 1

Richmond, Va.

Financial matters

Osborne, Charles F.

1848 May 18

Richmond, Va.

Concerns [Nathaniel?] Denby; cotton; financial matters

Osborne, Charles F.

1848 Sep 1

Richmond, Va.

Round “2" of the Osborne/Darby accusations concerning Osborne’s misappropriation of funds.

Osborne, Charles F.

1848 Oct 18

Richmond, Va.

Concerns a letter from [Alexander] Gibson (see 1848 Oct. 15) and the accusations he made about Mason; “a mole hill has been magnified into a mountain”

Osborne, Charles F.

1849 Jan 25

Richmond, Va.

Imperfect. Concerns a possible suit, and Mason coming to Richmond

Osborne, Charles F.

1849 Mar 17

Richmond, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Osborne, Charles F.

1849 May 29

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the death of John Young Mason’s father, Edmunds

Page, James

1846 Nov 14

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns his appointments to government positions and [?] Custis

Page, James

1847 Jun 20

Philadelphia, Pa.

In favor of a “balanced” dock for Philadelphia

Page, James

1847 Jun 30

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the selection of a new dock for Philadelphia

Parker, Eustace

1849 Apr 18

New York, N.Y.

Going to the “gold diggins” - Le Roy is sending Cyrus by John Womble

Parker, Foxhall A.

1844 Jul 3

Commander-in-Chief, USS Brandywine, East Coast Squadron

Requests additional funds to exchange “civilities” in foreign ports

Parker, Foxhall A.

1844 Aug 1

Commander-in-Chief, USS Brandywine, East Coast Squadron

[to Robert Milligan] Orders him to return to the U.S. and report immediately to the Secretary of the Navy

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Aug 23

Acting Master, US Steamer Michigan

Concerns Mexico’s declaration of war against the U.S. and his desire to be master of a naval vessel headed that way

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Sep 30

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns confirming [?] Tilton’s acting appointment as purser

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Nov 7

Philadelphia, Pa.

Arrived and found no orders; wants Mason to ask the “Secretary” what he wants him to do; went to see Commodore Jesse Duncan Elliott, but he was too ill to see him; doctors say he will not live much longer

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Nov 16

Philadelphia, Pa.

Ordered to take command at Boston Station [i.e. Charlestown Navy Yard]; will send box of tea to Mrs. Mason

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Nov 21

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerns the transportation of Commissioner Caleb Cushing to his post in China, and expenses for his mission there

Parker, Foxhall A.

1845 Dec 9

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Comments on the President’s message; Parker’s satisfaction with his current location, his new home; and the upcoming marriage of his son, also named Foxhall

Parker, Foxhall A.

1846 Jul 16

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

[to Robert Milligan, U.S. Navy, Wilmington, Del.] Concerns passage money; bears copy of letter, 1844 May 1, of John Young Mason, concerning Robert Milligan’s passage to the U.S.

Parker, Foxhall A.

1846 Oct 23

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Applying for orders as a [ship’s] master in warm climate; would be pleased to join the gulf squadron

Parker, Foxhall A.

1847 Apr 13

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Encloses letter from nephew, John P. Daingerfield (see 1847 Apr. 8), concerning the attack on Vera Cruz

Parker, Foxhall A.

1847 Nov 13

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Sending vase for Mrs. Mason and cane for John Young Mason made from wood scraps used to build the USS Constitution in 1797

Parker, Foxhall A.

1847 Dec 20

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Delivered Mason’s letter with enclosures to Capt. Pinkney who said the charges preferred by Lieut. Collins were not true; also son-in-law Dr. John “Vaughn” Smith would like to be on the medical board to meet in Philadelphia

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Apr 8

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Son William expects to do well on the examinations; Parker asks to be excused from his duty on the board [of examiners]

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Jul 6

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Wishes his son, William, assigned to the Boston Navy Yard; also concerns the illness of Dr. [John Vaughn] Smith; Dr. Jackson of Boston now consulting on the case

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Aug 30

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Sympathy letter for Mason’s loss of son, Francis Key Mason; Parker’s son-in-law, John Vaughn Smith, has just died; would like to remain at the Boston yard until spring; invites Mason and family to come and stay with him for the launching of the Vermont (ship) on September 14

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Oct 31

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Wishes to be absent from his post for about a week to take the remains of John Vaughn Smith to Philadelphia, Pa.

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Nov 4

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerns possible back pay for “Williams” and his desire to “make all square” before leaving the country ; “Old Scott” sends his thanks for the passes and is delighted that no white man can again trouble him while traveling

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Nov 13

Philadelphia, Pa.

Giving Mason his travel itinerary

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Nov 17

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerns a visit from [Commodore] Barron; pleased with what he saw at the Navy yard; wants Parker to go to Frankfort; gives Mason all the particulars he knows and asks his guidance

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Nov 18

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerns the insolvency of Dr. [M.S.] Spark’s estate; the destitution of his brother’s widow and children; the death of Commodore Cooper’s father-in-law, and Cooper’s health; William’s back pay; and a large potato given him by Mason

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Dec 9

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerning young midshipman [?] Batter, and the USS Constitution

Parker, Foxhall A.

1848 Dec 9

Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Can be ready to go to Germany by Wednesday in the steamer from N.Y.; hopes to get back before Mason leaves office; wishes traveling expenses; would also like a letter of credit in case of sickness or accident ; passport from secretary of state?; telegraph if need to come to Washington before sailing; would be nice to have a traveling companion who speaks the language

Parker, Foxhall A.

1849 Jan 14

Berlin, Germany

Left N.Y. on 20th and arrived in Berlin Jan. 9; reported to Donelson who introduced him to government officials and foreign ministers; will remain in Berlin until after tomorrow as the King wants to see him before he leaves for Frankfort; appears the gov’t of Germany is not interested in “forming a Navy”; hopes to finish business in Germany in time to go to England take the steamer for America on Feb. 10; recommends appointment of Donelson’s son John as a midshipman

Parker, Foxhall A.

1849 Jun 22

Havana, Cuba

Concerns U.S. Consul Robert Blair Campbell; sail tomorrow for Vera Cruz; two deaths since they set sail from N.Y.

Parker, John Alexander

1845 Mar 25

Tappahannock, Va.

[to William P. Taylor, Fredericksburg, Va.] Desirous of appointment as collector of revenue at Galveston should Texas be annexed; asks that Parker write Mason and any other he feels “proper”

Parker, John Alexander

1845 Jun 10

Tappahannock, Va.

Concerning the Office of Collector at Galveston

Parker, John Alexander

1845 Jun 30

Tappahannock, Va.

Concerns Secretary of the Treasury Robert John Walker

Parker, John Alexander

1847 Mar 20

Tappahannock, Va.

Concerns his appointment in the Office of Collection at Galveston which fell through in 1845; seeking new appointment

Parker, John Alexander

1852 Jul 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns politics, Parker’s business, and money ($1200) for Montague

Parker, John Alexander

1852 Oct 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns business matters, primarily financial

Parrott, John

1847 Feb 6

Havana, Cuba

U.S. Consul at Mazatlan, Mexicon, having refugeed to Cuba. Concerns the war with Mexico and national opinion and politics concerning the war; transport ship Mary Rower arrived from Norfolk with 334 Virginia troops; also talks about Mexico appropriating 15 million dollars of church property to aid in expenses of war and the 50% mortality rate of soldiers from Spain due to yellow fever and dysentery

Parton, James

1850 Feb 7

Lexington, Va.

Concerns bill for the improvement of the North River; also concerns defeat of the appropriations for extension of the Kanawha Canal west of Buchanan; railroads and other internal improvements; wishes to borrow an engineer from the James River and Kanawha Canal

Patterson, John H.

1845 Aug 12

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a deposit made in the Branch Bank of Virginia in Petersburg; also contains some agricultural prices

Patterson, John H.

1847 Jan 13

Petersburg, Va.

Writing in favor of Walter Gwynn’s appointment as Brigadier General for the Brigade of Virginia

Patterson, Robert

1848 Nov 1

Philadelphia, Pa.

Would like to help Mason (favor unspecified), but his bags are packed and he leaves tomorrow on the steam ship Columbus for Charleston, S.C., on his way to Louisiana where he will spend the winter

Patton, John M.

1845 Apr 1

Richmond, Va.

Concerns retaining Robert Chew as a clerk in the State Dept.

Patton, John M.

1845 Jul 13

Richmond, Va.

Concerns an offer of an appointment as professor of law, which he declined, and the possibilities of a government job for his son

Patton, John M.

1848 May 26

Richmond, Va.

Letter of introduction for the Rev. Philip Slaughter who will soon be going to Europe in the company of millionaire [?] Allen; asks Mason to aid him in obtaining letters of introduction

Patton, John M.

1849 Feb 25

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the President; offers his house to the President and First Lady if they stop in Richmond, Va.; mentions a meeting of the Democrats

Peete, George W.

1846 Dec 20

Hertford County, N.C.

Concerns the President’s message and “chit-chat’

Peete, George W.

1847 Mar 15

Hertford County, N.C.

Concerns, in part, talk he heard in Norfolk regarding John Young Mason and the case of Capt. [Edward William] Carpender

Peete, George W.

1847 Jul 12

 

Concerns one of his neighbors who has several thousand dollars he wants to loan someone

Peete, George W.

1848 Jan 14

Hertford County, N.C.

Concerns a crop of Florida cotton; also asks for a copy of the president’s message

Peete, George W.

1850 Jan 18

 

Concerns a petition for exclusive steam navigation of the Nottoway River for a company based in Norfolk (Peete is one of 4 members)

Peete, Mary Eliza

1846 Nov 28

Pensacola, Fla.

Thanks John Young Mason for his assistance; Capt. [Alexander P.] Peete improved; expensive supplies; scarcity of educational materials; pleasant climate - enclosing letter from her son John who wants to go to West Point or Annapolis (mother prefers West Point)

Peete, Mary Eliza

1849 Feb 20

Pensacola, Fla.

Wants Mason to find a position for her husband, Capt. A. P. Peete [former Navy agent at Pensacola?], in a more Northern location where they can afford to educate their sons, James and John; Pensacola full of corruption and vice - thanks Mason for trying to get a midshipman’s warrant for her son John but rejoices in that he was unsuccessful

Peete, Mary Eliza

1849 May 22

Pensacola, Fla.

Wants to send son James back to Virginia and wants Mason to find him a situation; also asks Mason to give him a place to stay with Mason’s family

Peete, Mary Eliza

1849 May 25

Pensacola, Fla.

Mary’s husband has sent James on to Norfolk (with only a few hours notice); wants Mason to find him a situation that does not involve manual labor

Peete, Mary Eliza

1849 May 31

Florida

Concerns Mr. [Alexander P.] Peete’s removal from office [as Navy agent at Pensacola?] and financial situation

Peete, Mary Eliza

1849 Dec 22

Southampton County, Va.

Concerns school for her son John now that they have returned to Virginia; has not heard from Mr. [Alexander P.] Peete since Oct. 8, at which time he was out of business; she is hiring out slaves (2 women and a 17 yr. old boy)

Peete, Mary Eliza

1851 Mar 12

Hertford, N.C.

Concerns her son John, now 16, and his education/situation

Pendleton, John

1845 Apr 6

Fairfax, Va.

Recommendation of Capt. Samuel L. Lewis for a government job

Pendleton, John

1845 Aug 21

“Redwood” (postmarked Portsmouth)

Recommends the appointment of Lieut. Daniel French Dulany to the USS Congress - served with Dulany in the Pacific

Pendleton, John

1845 Oct 31

Culpeper County, Va.

Requests assistance for his friend, Daniel French Dulany; wishes to be reassigned from the Dolphin (ship) to the Columbia

Pendleton, William F.

1846 May 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Andrew J. Lindsey’s desire for a subaltern appointment in the new regiment; concerns Andrew Porter and recommends Will Graham ( 3-bullet Bill) and Lieut. Kearney for consideration

Pendleton, William F.

1846 May 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the formation of a new mounted regiment to protect settlers in Oregon

Pennybacker, Joel

1845 Mar 29

New Market, Va.

Seeking a federal appointment; comments on the number of Virginians in the federal government

Pennybacker, Joel

1847 Mar 9

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a note of Mason’s he sent to the Secretary of the Treasury

Percival, John

1846 Oct 30

Boston, Mass.

Imperfect. Concerns his service and the USS Constitution

Percival, John

1846 Nov 28

Dorchester near Boston, Mass.

Enclosing copies of letters of Alexander Todd to Russell Sturgis and J. S. Lewis in early 1845 concerning possible fraudulent transactions involving the Navy Dept.

Percival, John

1846 Dec 7

Captain, “Mad Jack”

Sending Mason a gift of wine

Percival, John

1847 Mar 6

Boston, Mass.

Offers barrels of guano to Mason for his farm

Percival, John

1848 Jul 15

Boston, Mass.

Concerns the launching of the 74-gun Vermont and a proposed wharf

Perry, Frances B.

1845 Jun 20

Franklin County, N.C.

Concerns her son Butler’s trip to Port Mahon; also concerns son Henry

Perry, Frances B.

1847 Aug 27

Greensboro, N.C.

Concerns note she received from Matthew F. Maury concerning her son Jefferson’s intemperance and loss of position in the Navy; also concerns her son Henry and her destitute state with a young daughter in “delicate” health; pleads for Jefferson’s reinstatement

Perry, Frances B.

1847 Nov 4

Greensboro, N.C.

Concerns a previous letter of hers to Mason (1847 Aug. 27) trying to get her son Jefferson reinstated in the Navy; has not received a reply from Mason

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1844 May 31

Commodore, U.S. Naval forces off the coast of Africa

Memorandum concerning British Navy’s right to board American merchant ships off the coast of Africa; African slave trade. Enc: letter, 1844 May 15, John Foote

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1846 Nov 30

 

[from Mason to Perry] Embarrassed by the position he, Perry, and Conner have been placed in; also concerns Commander MacKenzie and the importance of the capture of Tampico (partially illegible - see letter of 1846 Nov. 29 from Mason to David Conner for background information)

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1847 Feb 17

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, N.Y.

Concerns the steamers Fulton, Scorpion, and Scourge being fitted for service in the Mexican War

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1847 Feb 19

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the steamers Scourge and Scorpion making a stop in Norfolk on the way to the Gulf

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1847 Oct 29

Veracruz, Mexico

Calls Mason’s attention to an article, “The Great Commercial Necessity of the Age;” also concerns an almost continuous gale for the past 40 days in Vera Cruz; opinion of establishing an export duty

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1847 Oct 31

Veracruz, Mexico

Concerns Mr. and Mrs. [?] Bankhead; there is little hope of peace with Mexico; Gen. [Robert] Patterson leaving Vera Cruz for Mexico City; the advance guard having already started

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1848 Apr 1

US Frigate Cumberland, Veracruz, Mexico

Forwarding a copy of his letter of Mar. 26th; would like to continue his command of the squadron if he could go north to a more healthy port; Mexican civil authorities have taken charge of this city in accordance with the stipulation of the armistice; Gen. Santa Anna embarks tomorrow; Gen. [Winfield] Scott is expected in the city tonight on his way to the States; copy of letter of March 26: received Mason’s reply to his letter asking to be relieved on his return from the Yucatan; will conform to the wishes of the President and Mason, if there is the possibility of a short leave of absence

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1848 Sep 5

US Frigate Cumberland off the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Will answer your letter tomorrow; indisposed today

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1848 Oct 20

Tarrytown, N.Y.

Imperfect; concerns letter of Gen. Winfield Scott to Henry L. Brewerton (Supt., West Point) offering him a choice of 7 flag staffs captured by the army during fighting in the Mexican-American War with no mention of the Navy’s contribution

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1848 Oct 24

Tarrytown, N.Y.

Regrets the New York Courier and Inquirer published his comments

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1848 Nov 18

Tarrytown, N.Y.

Received Mason’s official communication and the private letter enclosed with it; appreciates kind sentiments; different courses their lives will take; conflicting authorities and duties when civilians employed with Navy officers in steamers. John Slidell lost a brother as well as his two oldest boys within a few months

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1849 Jan 30

Tarrytown, N.Y.

Concerns the building of mail steamers, mail contracts, and the Navy’s role in this project

Perry, Mathew Calbraith

1850 Jan 26

New York, N.Y.

Concerns his attacks of “rheumatism/neuralgy”; also concerns commanders, pursers, and supplied list of commanders (with addresses) who did not act as pursers; accounting practices on board ships

Peterson, John A.

1845 Feb 13

Petersburg, Va.

Concerning William G. Birchett’s application for a federal position

Pettit, T. M.

1846 Jan 14

U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Concerns distribution of money held by the court in Clifton v. U.S., in error, and Buckley v. U.S., in error (nos. 47 & 48 on the Supreme Court docket)

Pettit, T. M.

1846 Sep 17

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the employment of attorney J. Sidney Henshaw at the Naval School at Annapolis

Peyton, Balie

1845 Oct 21

Office of Attorney General

Asks Mason’s opinion about claims and accounts presented by district attorneys for extra official services rendered in conjunction with prosecutions in state courts of persons charged with violations of the Post Office laws; which department is responsible for paying said claims?

Peyton, Balie

1845 Oct 29

Colemans

Concerns meeting with Mason to go over the Butterfield precedents

Peyton, Balie

1845 Nov 6

 

Concerns J. S. Skinner’s distress at being removed from the New Orleans Customs House; asks for Mason’s assistance in getting the restoration of his job

Peyton, Balie

1846 May 23

New Orleans, La.

Letter of introduction and reference for William F. Wynn seeking military appointment to serve in the Mexican campaign

Peyton, Balie

1847 Mar 8

New Orleans, La.

Letter of introduction for Col. John C. Hays who is organizing a regiment of mounted riflemen to protect the Texas frontier from the Indians

Phelps, John S.

1845 Jul 17

Springfield, Mo.

[to President James K. Polk] Recommends Col. William G. Minor “as a suitable person for Charge d’Affaires to any European or South American government”

Polk, James Knox

1845 Feb 15

 

[from Mason to Polk] Concerns Mason remaining Secretary of the Navy under the new administration

Polk, James Knox

1845 Apr 17

 

Concerns a manuscript Polk had given to Mason

Polk, James Knox

1848 Nov 12

Washington, D.C.

[from Mason to Polk] Partial rough draft of letter replying to Polk’s letter concerning the annexation of Texas

Pope, P.C.

1849 Feb 12

Warrenton, Va.

Concerns travel difficulties at the Isthmus of Panama for those going to the gold fields of California and land grants (mineral land) for Americans in California; verso contains rough draft of Mason’s reply

Poythress, Jane M.

1845 May 16

Prince George, Va.

Expresses her distress as well as that of her husband, Joshua, who faces the possible loss of his income

Poythress, Joshua

1845 Feb 20

City Point, Va.

Wishes to stay in his position as customs inspector at City Point and asks Mason to use his influence

Poythress, Joshua

1845 Apr 14

City Point, Va.

Death of his daughter’s child, her husband is dying, his house burned down, and he is fearful of losing his job as customs inspector at City Point

Poythress, Joshua

1845 Apr 29

City Point, Va.

Concerns those men who want to take his job [as Customs Inspector at City Point]

Poythress, Joshua

1845 May 26

City Point, Va.

Concerns movement by William Birchett to take his job - asks Mason to help him keep his position

Pratt, Charles B., and Mrs. G. W. Taylor [ i.e., Rebecca Taylor]

1851 Jan 23

Worchester, Mass.

Concerns Maj. William B. Scott, the estate of G. W. Taylor, and Mrs. Rebecca Taylor; verso shows Mason referring the letter to J. Brown for information he needs to reply as well as J. Brown’s reply to Mason (see also 1850 July 12, 15, and 25)

Pratt, Z.

1850 Jan 18

New York, N.Y.

Recommends Fisher and Nevens to build the Washington monument in Richmond

Preston, William Ballard

1849 Jul 5

Washington, D.C.

Mason’s replacement as Sec. of the Navy. Concerns surveys, plans and estimates made in 1848 for the Naval School at Annapolis by Richard A. Gilpin, architect - Encloses letter, 1849 July 2, from G. P. Upshur concerning the fact that Gilpin was hired by Mason and the drafts and plans should be in the possession of the Chief Clerk

Price, Rodman M.

1845 Jun 16

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thanks Mason for his decision in the case involving Price’s pay; also concerns Navy pursers and their importance and the iron steamer with Lieut. Hunter’s wheel (propeller)

Price, Rodman M.

1848 Apr 27

New York, N.Y.

Concerns financial matters and national politics; split in the Whig Party in New York; California

Price, Rodman M.

1848 May 30

Burlington, N.J.

Describes military activities in lower California and comments on the “mine-mad” people of upper California

Price, Rodman M.

1848 Jul 4

Burlington, N.J.

Sending Mason Mr. Bryant’s book on California and a specimen of quicksilver ore from Forbes’ mine that he brought back from the mine last year; directions on verso for obtaining quicksilver from the ore

Price, Rodman M.

1848 Sep 19

Burlington, N.J.

Concerns clarification of his orders and the logistics of the move west

Price, Rodman M.

1851 Apr 15

New York, N.Y.

Concerns money he owes John Young Mason

Prince, Joseph H.

1845 Mar 4

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Prince, Joseph H.

1847 Nov 29

Hicksford, Va.

At Mason’s request has gotten Col. [John Randolph] Chambliss to make a statement concerning Mason’s bond due J. T. Claud (bond and statement Prince enclosed is wanting); [John] R. Gilliam has not taken the administration of [Joseph S.] Gilliam’s estate; has advertized the Gilliam as well as the Applewhite slaves to be hired out at Drewry’s.

Prince, Joseph H.

1848 Oct 17

Southampton County, Va.

Concerns financial matters pertaining to Capt. Benjamin Williamson and Dr. A.T.B. Merritt

Proctor, William E.

1845 Feb 14

Templeton, Prince George County, Va.

Concerns the election of Polk and a recommendation of William G. Birchett as inspector at City Point

Proctor, William E.

1845 Jun 28

Templeton, Va.

Concerns attempts to have William P. Porter removed from the office of surveyor at City Point; asks Mason to use his influence to see he is retained

Pulliam, Samuel T., Mutual Assurance Society

1847 Jun 21

 Richmond, Va.

Taxes for buildings in Petersburg in the name of Joseph Mason, dec., have not been paid since 1843; account with interest enclosed

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 Mar 28

Washington, D.C.

Seeking reinstatement to position in the Naval Pension Bureau, now occupied by Dr. Crump; attached letter (copy) to commissioner of pensions with particulars

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 Mar 29

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Dr. Crump and Ragsdale’s reinstatement; denies attempts at coercion/manipulation (See 1845 March 28)

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 Apr 12

Washington, D.C.

Concerns his reinstatement after being dismissed because he was a Jacksonian Democrat

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 May 20

Washington, D.C.

[to William L. Marcy, Sec. of War] Concerns Dr. Crump’s salary as a Navy pension clerk; states he does not perform the duties outlined and to pay him is a violation of law; attempts to exert pressure on John Young Mason to give him an appointment (see 1845 May 20, Ragsdale to Mason)

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 May 20

Washington, D.C.

Asks John Young Mason to give the letter of 1845 May 20 to William L. Marcy; requests Mason to use his influence to get his job restored

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1845 Aug 11

Washington, D.C.

Does not yet have all the information needed by William Spark, who has supposedly left for Memphis

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1848 Feb 17

Washington, D.C.

Desires to be sent to the Mediterranean as a store-keeper

Ragsdale, Thomas L.

1848 Dec 20

1st Auditor’s Office, Treasury Dept.

Concerns an appointment to a position less vulnerable to political change

Ragsdale, Thomas S.

1847 Apr 22

Washington, D.C.

Concerns W. F. Dancy (“enclosed” letter is missing) who turned down an appointment in the Navy but desires one in the Army

Randall, Josiah

1845 Feb 28

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns Capt. Drinker’s voyage to China; recommends Seward and his merchant vessels to carry stores

Randolph, T. M.

1852 Aug 10

Richmond, Va.

Concerns bonds at the University of Virginia and the University’s financial distress

Read, George C.

1848 Jun 28

Commodore, US Frigate United States, at sea

Concerns Mason’s son John Jr., Purser [?] Doran, and [Nathaniel] Denby; also concerns European politics, the disturbance and slaughter in Naples, and his opinion that the king will be assassinated if he remains

Read, George C.

1849 Mar 4

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the propriety of an investigation of Lieut. George A. Prentiss without dragging up old charges against himself [Prentiss had charged Read and Capt. Smoot with failure to suppress a mutiny aboard the United States; Read and Smoot countercharged Prentiss with lying. Prentiss was court-martialled and given a minor set-down]

Read, George C.

1849 Mar 6

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns Lieut. George A. Prentiss and Mason leaving the Navy Dept.

Read, George C.

1849 Mar 17

Philadelphia, Pa.

Desires to talk with Mason when in Washington concerning Lieut. George A. Prentiss

Read, George C.

1849 Apr 20

Philadelphia, PA.

Asks if Mason would be his defense attorney in charges being brought against him by Lieut. George A. Prentiss

Reid, John T.

1847 Sep 1

Washington, D.C.

Concerns William Hawkins Polk (brother of James K. Polk) resigning his position as minister to Naples; suggests Thomas L. Ragsdale to fill the vacant position

Reynolds, Joseph J.

1847 Jul 20

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns an anonymous letter mailed from Portsmouth; “the effusion of an unbalanced mind...”

Rhett, Robert Barnwell

1847 Oct 22

Charleston, S.C.

Concerns the organization of a new regiment and who Rhett thinks should lead it

Rhodes, Foster

1844 Jul 6

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

[to Capt. C.W. Skinner, Norfolk, Va.] Concerns opinions of floating dry docks

Richardson, William Harvie

1847 Oct 23

Richmond, Va.

Concerns, in par, William L. Marcy

Richardson, William Harvie

1847 Dec 13

Richmond, Va.

Seeking an appointment to West Point for Charles Henry Dimmock, son of Capt. Charles Dimmock

Richardson, William Harvie

1848 Jan 13

Richmond, Va.

Concerns calves

Richardson, William Harvie

1848 Jan 21

 

Letter of introduction for Charles Henry Dimmock whom Richardson wants Mason to introduce to the Secretary of War

Richardson, William Harvie

1848 Dec 15

Richmond, Va.

Concerns conversations among members of the legislature

Ringgold, Cadwallader

1845 Feb 17

 

[to Lieut. George T. Sinclair, Norfolk, Va.] Lieut. Ringgold, late commander of the brig Porpoise, writes concerning the collision between the Porpoise and the Vincennes; letter also bears extract of letter of Lieut. Walker of the Peacock dated 1845 Feb. 22, concerning the incident, as well as a “close call” the Peacock had with the Vincennes

Ritchie, Thomas

1845 May 12

 

Enclosing newspaper article concerning John Young Mason, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Clayton, and the steamship United States

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Feb 28

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mr.Ritchie and John Heath

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Jul 26

Petersburg, Va.

Sending an account of the stockholders meeting of the Petersburg Railroad; wants it published in the Washington paper

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Sep 24

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the boarding and education of [his nephew] Roscoe [Briggs Heath]

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Sep 28

Petersburg, Va.

Concerning Roscoe [Briggs Heath] coming to Washington

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Nov 17

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the estate of James Williamson

Rives, Francis E.

1845 Dec 17

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s personal finances including notes to [?] Rawlings, [?] Selden, Mrs. [?] Brydon, and [?] Orgain (See also 1845 Dec. 4); also concerns the president’s recommendation in relation to the office of attorney general

Rives, Francis E.

1846 Jan 7

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the removal of a postal agent and recommending Daniel W. Lassiter as a replacement; verso has note of Mason stating he referred the matter to the Postmaster General

Rives, Francis E.

1846 Dec 15

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns sale of the tavern in Jackson, which is now in his possession, on Court Day in Northampton; traveling to Raleigh to obtain from the North Carolina legislature the right to sell his Carolina road; Whig victories in 16 states; and Mason’s note for $400

Rives, Francis E.

1846 Dec 26

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns interest due to Mrs. Brydon; also concerns sale of tavern in Jackson

Rives, Francis E.

1848 Mar 22

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the death of James Pace and recommendation of William Shands of Prince George County, Va., as port inspector

Rives, Francis E.

1848 Apr 6

Petersburg, Va.

Reminding Mason of Dr. N. E. Cargill’s application for a commission

Rives, Francis E.

1849 Apr 13

Petersburg, Va.

Financial matters

Rives, Francis E.

1849 Oct 3

Petersburg, Va.

Mason’s note was discounted at the Mechanics Association Society; encloses the proceeds; Roscoe [Briggs Heath] and John in the Henry Hudson sailing from Portsmouth, Eng.; friends are pleased to see Mason so successfully defended in the Denby case

Rives, Francis E.

1853 Nov 17

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s relocation to Europe in “his country’s service”; wishes him smooth sailing, etc.

Rives, John C.

1845 Aug 11

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the political leanings of George Gilliss

Rives, Timothy

1846 Jan 19

Clover Hill, Prince George County, Va..

Seeking a position in the Army or Navy for Algernon, son of Capt. Richard B. Batte

Rives, Timothy

1848 Aug 25

Clover Hill, Prince George County, Va.

Concerns a financial settlement with James S. French and politics

Rives, William Cabell

1844 Apr 25

Washington, D.C.

[to Francis E. Rives, Petersburg, Va.] Concerns [John F.] Heath (see letter of Heath to F. E. Rives, 1844 Apr. 19)

Rives, William Cabell

1846 Feb 24

Castle Hill, Albemarle County, Va.

Concerns the formation of a new mounted regiment to protect settlers in Oregon

Rives, William Cabell

1846 Feb 24

Castle Hill, Albemarle County, Va.

Concerns G. W. Carr, son of Col Samuel Carr and representative in the state legislature, who desires appointment as lieutenant in the Dragoon corps soon to be raised; asks Mason’s assistance

Roane, William Henry

1845 Mar 11

Tree Hill, Chesterfield County, Va.

Concerns his appointment by President Polk as Deputy Postmaster, Richmond, Va.; national politics; ill health; recommendations for Thomas B. Bigger and Daniel Trueheart

Robards, William H.

1845 Nov 7

Jackson, Miss.

Offers to sell some of his Mississippi land to Mason; bears letter of Eilbeck Mason concerning the fertile bottom land and invites him to Mississippi for a month to check it out, offering him lodging

Robertson, James

1845 Jun 11

New York, N.Y.

Concern rumors that John Young Mason would be sent as a special ambassador to England - thinks Mason should stay where he is and let the President send Bancroft

Robins, Thomas

1847 Feb 27

Philadelphia, Pa.

[to Rev. Alonzo Potter] Concerns the use of Navy ships to transport provisions to the Irish; forwarded to Mason

Robinson, Edmund C.

1848 Nov 9

Norfolk, Va.

Reminding John Young Mason of his promise regarding the appointment of [William Henry] Ward as a midshipman; also Whig politics in Virginia, and the election of Capt. [?] Butler

Robinson, Edmund C.

1848 Nov 20

 

Concerns the midshipmen’s appointment of William Henry Ward of Ohio and politics

Robinson, Edmund C.

1848 Dec 22

Richmond, Va.

Concerns money; the appointment of William Henry Ward as a midshipman; slavery; the Wilmot Proviso; and right of recovery

Robinson, Edward Branch

1845 Aug 6

Washington, D.C.

Concerns appointment of a warden for the penitentiary; also, he wrote a series of articles for the Richmond Enquirer under the pen name of Algernon Sydney; his remarks concerning Mason were either misunderstood or deliberately misrepresented.

Robinson, Edward Branch

1845 Aug 15

Washington, D.C.

Seeks Mason’s assistance to be appointed warden of the penitentiary; attached letter from D. Saunders bears note of E. B. Robinson

Robinson, Edward, Rev.

1848 Aug 3

New York, N.Y.

[from Mason to Rev. Robinson] Concerns Lieut. [?] Lynch’s orders and the partisan papers’ attack on the President for Mason’s orders

Robinson, Moncure

1847 Aug 2

 

Suggesting appointment of Capt. [Andrew] Talcott to oversee the construction of the dry dock at [Brooklyn], New York

Rochelle, John William

1845 May 12

Tallahassee, Fla.

Requests John Young Mason to find out why he has not been reimbursed for expenses; requests permission to leave Florida July to October, the “sickly” months

Rochelle, John William

1845 Aug 7

Jerusalem, Va.

Concerns his competition with [?] Levy for an appointment

Rochelle, John William

1849 Apr 23

Pensacola, Fla.

Now a member of the Sons of Temperance and will soon marry; asks assistance in getting a clerkship at Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, where he will be near his mother and sister

Rochelle, John William

1849 May 26

Pensacola, Fla.

Coming to Virginia with wife; did not mean he wanted a government appointment, but rather was inquiring if Mason knew of any available jobs in the Gosport/Norfolk area; also concerns Mason’s father’s illness

Rochelle, M. B., Mrs.

1844 Nov 6

Jerusalem, Va.

Concerns her son, James, currently serving in the U.S. Navy

Rochelle, M. B., Mrs.

1846 Oct 28

 

Inquires when she can expect son James’s ship, the Falmouth, back home

Rochelle, M. B., Mrs.

1849 May 3

Hermitage

Concerns her son, John William, and his desire to leave Florida (see letter from John to Mason, 1849 April 23)

Rochelle, M. B., Mrs.

1851 Oct 20

 

Asks for assistance in getting her son John a position of any kind; he has a college education and is an engineer; also mentions death of Com. Lewis Warrington

Rogers, William B.

1845 Apr 29

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Circular letter concerning recent disturbances, vandalism, and riots at the University

Ruschenberger, William Samuel Waitman, Dr.

1851 Mar 31

Philadelphia, Pa.

Copy of letter Ruschenberger sent to Commander Thomas R. Gedney; contains a “re-hash” of events beginning in 1849 leading up to the harsh feelings between Ruschenberger and Gedney [while serving as Fleet Surgeon of the East India Squadron, Ruschenberger had reported to Mason on Comm. Gedney’s excessive drinking and gambling] (See also 1851 March 22, Gedney to Mason)

Ruschenberger, William Samuel Waitman, Dr.

1851 Apr 15

Philadelphia, Pa.

Feels disagreement with Thomas R. Gedney has been resolved (See 1851 March 22 , Gedney to Mason, and March 31, Reschenberger to Mason)

Ruschenberger, William Samuel Waithman, Dr.

1851 Oct 13

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a letter he wrote to Mason several years previous which Lieut. Page’s wife wants to get her hands on

Salomon, H. M.

1847 Mar 20

 

Concerns politics, Secretary of the Treasury Robert J. Walker and [?] Upshur

Salomon, [H. M.]

1848 Mar 8

Washington, D.C.

Politics

Samuels, Green Berry

1848 Jul 14

Woodstock, Va.

Concerns an expedition to the Dead Sea and politics

Schaumburg, James W.

1847 Jun 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns allegations that John Young Mason’s decisions concerning Navy docks was influenced by a relative (Beverley Tucker) in the business who was to receive $18,000

Schaumburg, James W.

1847 Jul 22

 

Chastises Mason for not replying to his previous letter (see 1847 June 21)

Schaumburg, James W.

1847 Jul 25

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the dock controversy and public opinion

Scott, Edward Pegram

1847 Jan 6

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Major Walter R. Gwynn, new president of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company, who wishes to command the new regiment (in the impending war with Mexico)

Scott, Edward Pegram

1848 Apr 3

Richmond, Va.

Recommends George D. Baskervill as commissioner for Mexican claims

Scott, Robert Gourmain, and Stafford Henry Parker

1845 Mar 13

Richmond, Va.

Seeking a clerkship for James Bosher, son of James Bosher

Scott, Robert Gourmain

1845 Apr 1

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the possible recall of Nathaniel Denby as U.S. government agent at Marseilles

Scott, Robert Gourmain

1847 Feb 4

Richmond, Va.

Son William has not received his commission in the revenue service as promised; asks Mason to look into the matter

Scott, Robert Gourmain

1849 Nov 2

Richmond, Va.

Concerns his son, Capt. Robert G. Scott, Jr.

Scott, Robert Gourmain

1850 Apr 2

Richmond, Va.

Concerns appointment of John A. Lancaster as toll collector at the docks of the Kanawha Canal

Scott, William B.

1845 Apr 17

 

Concerns their mutual friend “Jones” who desires the position of purser vacated by the death of Mr. Moore

Scott, William B.

1848 Apr 20

Washington, D.C.

Concerns John Simmons who wants his father-in-law’s job

Scott, William B.

1849 Feb 28

Washington, D.C.

Relaying requests of things he wants done before Mason leaves office

Scott, William B.

1849 Nov 23

Washington, D.C.

Financial matters

Scott, William B.

1850 Jul 12

Washington, D.C.

As administrator of the estate of Capt. G. W. Taylor, is having great difficulty with Taylor’s widow; letter ends with a few comments about national politics [see letters of Charles B. Pratt, 1851 Jan 23 and of Rebecca Taylor, 1850 July 15 and 25)

Seay, William H.

1847 Mar 17

Smithfield, Va.

Concerns the depreciation of Mason’s farm by “over-cropping” and “over-grazing”; also concerns financial matters, Shimuel Godwin, and crops damaged by wet weather

Segar, Joseph

1850 Oct 29

Hampton, Va.

Wants to know plans of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company before the meeting of the legislature - wants the success of the water line

Selden, John A.

1846 Oct 25

Westover, Charles City County, Va.

Concerns an account, Dr. Ritchie’s bill, the estate of C. H. Edloe, and his desire to get a purser situation for his son Miles

Selden, John A.

1847 Feb 8

“Weyanoke,” Charles City County, Va.

Concerns Fielding Douthat taking the place of Selden’s son, Miles, as Capt. Saunders’ clerk on the USS St. Mary

Sharp, William Willoughby

1845 Mar 31

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters and Mason’s new position

Sharp, William Willoughby

1845 Apr 24

Norfolk, Va.

Asks Mason to explain more fully to the Secretary of the Navy a bank matter he has written about

Sharp, William Willoughby

1845 Jun 14

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the maturing of [?] Williams’ note; invites John Young Mason and his wife to join him for a holiday at the falls

Sharp, William Willoughby

1845 Aug 4

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the Secretary of the Navy and deposits in the Exchange Bank; met with Purser Handy who was on his way to Washington to seek relief

Sharp, William Willoughby

1845 Oct 1

Norfolk, Va.

Heard from his own son that Mason’s son was doing well

Sharp, William Willoughby

1846 Jan 10

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the illness and death of two of Sharp’s children; received Mason’s letter and attended to its enclosures; sees Mason frequently in newspaper reports; also concerns bank problem with a Navy agent

Sharp, William Willoughby

1846 Oct 31

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the interest on Mason’s note and the damage to the USS Perry by a hurricane off the shore of Florida

Sharp, William Willoughby

1847 Feb 2

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns banking in general and Mason’s finances in particular

Sharp, William Willoughby

1847 Mar 2

Norfolk, Va.

Letter of introduction for John Triplett Smith of Norfolk, Va., who is in Washington to seek employment in the Marine Corps

Sharp, William Willoughby

1847 Apr 23

Norfolk, Va.

Acknowledges receipt of a check to be applied to John Young Mason’s note, and much “flattery”

Sharp, William Willoughby

1847 Sep 14

Norfolk, Va.

Financial matters

Sharp, William Willoughby

1849 Feb 6

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns midshipman examinations in which the best students failed and the poorest student passed

Sheild, Charles H.

1845 Oct 13

Norfolk, Va.

Obtained 50 bags of wheat from G. W. Richardson of Baltimore and sent it to Smithfield by Capt. Adams under the supposition that Mason intended it for immediate seeding

Sheild, Charles H.

1846 Dec 26

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s note due and his neglect to renew it

Sheild, Charles H.

1846 Dec 29

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters; inside bears statements of accounts with Charles H. Sheild and the Exchange Bank

[Sheild, Charles H.]

1847 Jan 28

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the steamer Hibernia and corn

Sheild, Charles H.

1847 Jan 29

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the steamer Hibernia and the price of corn; directed John Young Mason’s manager, Turner, to ship the corn immediately

Sheild, Charles H.

1847 Mar 3

Norfolk, Va.

Financial matters, including the sale of Mason’s corn; also discusses a bill passed in the Senate to provide relief to famine sufferers in Ireland

Sheild, Charles H.

1847 Jul 6

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the shipment of articles from Mason’s farm

Sheild, Charles H.

1847 Dec 10

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the payment of $500 to unidentified individuals

Sheild, Charles H.

1848 Jun 7

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Mason’s debt to John A. Higgins (see letter from Higgins dated 1848 June 7)

Sheild, Charles H.

1848 Dec 14

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sheild, Charles H.

1849 Mar 7

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sheild, Charles H.

1853 Apr 14

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sheild, Charles H.

1853 May 7

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns banking matters; also concerns Mason’s corn crop and the depressed market for corn

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Apr 13

USS Independence, Monterey

Asks for relief from his present unpleasant situation; wishes to come home and retire

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Apr 17

USS Independence, Monterey

Repeat of requests of April 13

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 May 1

USS Independence, Mazatlan, Mexico

Willing to stay there if the war with Mexico continues; talks of the blockade the U.S. is imposing; store ships have arrived with their provisions

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 May 18

USS Independence

Concerns Mexico, the war, and his desire to return to the U.S.

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Jun 28

USS Independence, Monterey

Letter of introduction for Edward Fenwick

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Oct 1

USS Independence, Monterey

Shubrick is now willing to play “second fiddle” to Com. Biddle

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Nov 04

USS Independence, Bay of St. Francis

Shubrick feels he “suffer[s] too much to be silent”

Shubrick, William Bradford

1847 Dec 4

USS Independence, Mazatlan, Mexico

Shubrick reports interest in “Lower California”; has dispatched the Southampton with reinforcements and ammunition to Lieut. Heywood at San Jose and the Portsmouth to Lieut. Col. Burton at La Paz; insurgents have been joined by a larger number of Mexicans; terms of sailors on board the Portsmouth are due to expire in January

Shubrick, William Bradford

1848 May 7

USS Independence, Mazatlan, Mexico

Just recently received Mason’s letter of March 11 concerning his return to the U.S.; acknowledges he [Shubrick] has a “tendency to melancholy”; mentions the arrival of Commodore [Thomas ap Catesby] Jones and the USS Ohio

Shubrick, William Bradford

1848 Dec 29

Santiago, Chile

Concerns Col. Barton and the Independence (ship)

Sinclair, Arthur

1844 May 10

US Schooner Phoenix

Concerns the need for a larger vessel to carry the mail or the addition of another ship in order to have room for provisions

Sinclair, Arthur

1845 Aug 9

US Schooner [?], Norfolk, Va.

Wishes someone else to take his ship on the next voyage as his wife, Lelia, is due to deliver in October

Sinclair, Arthur

1846 Feb 12

Norfolk, Va.

Requesting Mason send Mrs. [?] Talbot’s receipt (she’s had a perfect fit, as it has not arrived)

Sinclair, Arthur

1846 Nov 12

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his wife Lelia’s anxiety over his sailing on small crafts; would like Upshur’s position when his term expires

Sinclair, Arthur

1847 Mar 10

Norfolk, Va.

Delighted with his present situation; thanks Mason for his many acts of kindness

Sinclair, Arthur

1848 Dec 8

Norfolk, Va.

Mailing official application for command of the supply [bureau]

Sinclair, Arthur

1849 Oct 30

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his cruise in the Mediterranean and his application for shore duty

Sinclair, George T.

1844 Nov 13

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Commander [John D.] Sloat and Selia’s concern over his safety following a hurricane; the birth of Sinclair’s daughter; and the marriage of Dr.[?] Sinclair

Sinclair, George T.

1845 Jan 23

US Brig Oregon , Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his fitness for sea duty

Sinclair, George T.

1846 Sep 1

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his application for a vacancy; and rumors of Mason’s return to the Navy Dept.

Sinclair, George T.

1848 Jul 4

US Brig Perry, at sea off Cape Santa Martha

Anxious to return home as soon as his sea duty is up; ‘sings the praises’ of his little boat

Skinner, Charles William

1844 Jul 26

Norfolk, Va.

Sympathy note concerning the loss of John Young Mason’s aunt; also concerns his family, the extreme heat and possibility of time to take them north to a cooler area

Skinner, Charles William

1844 Dec 9

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the number of officers and men to be assigned to the USS Jamestown

Skinner, Charles William

1845 Jun 25

Commodore, USS Jamestown, near Madeira

Expresses his regret that Mason has left the Navy Dept.; is patrolling the African Coast in search for slave traders

Skinner, Charles William

1845 Oct 20

USS Jamestown

Recommending his secretary, W. H. Allmand, for appointment as purser

Skinner, Charles William

1846 Oct 5

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

New commander of the yard (wife is still in Staunton, Va., awaiting the preparation of their new house); concerns Mason’s new position with the Navy Dept.

Skinner, Charles William

1847 Mar 11

Gosport Naval Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns rumors about building a new steamer by contract instead of by the Navy Yard

Skinner, Charles William

1847 May 13

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a new appointment offered to him by Mason [as chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair]

Skinner, Charles William

1847 May 17

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns [?] Wilkinson, who does not know what he wants; an appointment or a farm; Skinner accepts the new position offered to him

Slamm, Levi D.

1847 Apr 19

Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York

Purser; concerns Mason’s son John, Capt. DeKay, national politics, Capt. Munday, and Maj. Sanders of the U.S. Engineers

Slamm, Levi D.

1847 Jun 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns Lieut. Hunter; encloses newspaper clipping

Slamm, Levi D.

1847 Sep 2

Memphis, Tenn.

Purser, Memphis Navy Yard. Concerns Mason’s address at the Univ. Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. which he has made arrangements to have published in the Daily Appeal (Memphis newspaper); Capt. Pendergrast. who has been seriously ill. is improved

Slamm, Levi D.

1847 Nov 15

US Sloop Alleghany, Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Seeking appointment as master’s mate for his brother-in-law, R. Albert Morselle

Sloat, John D.

1847 Nov 22

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a letter written to him by John Young Mason. Sloat has been assigned to the command of the Gosport Navy Yard and wishes to know when the current commander, Lawrence Kearny, is to be relieved so that he can make plans accordingly.

Sloat, John D.

1849 Feb 16

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Wants appointment as midshipman for John D. Sloat, Jr.

Sloat, John D.

1849 Mar 22

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the appointment for his son, John Jr., that Mason did not take care of while in office

Smith, J. Vaughan, Dr.

1847 May 13

USS Franklin, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass.

Concerns his nephew, Dr. Howard Smith, serving on the Princeton, and the death of his parent; verso bears note of Foxhall A. Parker (J. V. Smith’s brother-in-law)

Smith, William

1847 Jan 27

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Henry A. Wise’s recall from Brazil

Smith, William

1847 Feb 4

Richmond, Va.

Virginia politics

Smyth, Harold

1851 Jun 25

Wytheville, Va.

Concerns Emory and Henry College and the Yankee abolitionist president “appointed there by the trustees at a moment of folly and ignorance”; also concerns the University of Virginia and William and Mary

Southall, Albert G.

1845 Mar 14

New Orleans, La.

Wants to remain in his position with the federal timber preservation agency in Louisiana

Southall, Albert G.

1846 Dec 27

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the sale of one of Mason’s slaves, Henry, who is not in good health (see also letters of William A. Spark, 1847 Feb 5 and 21, and Mar 5)

Southgate, Wright

1845 Jul 14

Exchange Bank of Virginia, Norfolk

Concerns Mason’s finances

Southgate, Wright

1845 Dec 27

Exchange Bank of Virginia, Norfolk

Received and discounted Mason’s note

Southgate, Wright

1846 Jan 5

Exchange Bank of Virginia, Norfolk

Concerns Mason’s personal finances; post script concerns the death of Mr. Sharp’s son Richard

Soutter, James Taylor

1845 Nov 12

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the sale of Mason’s crops and relations with Great Britain

Soutter, James Taylor

1846 Jan 10

New York, N.Y.

Concerns an agreement to sell 3000 bushels of corn; deliver corn only when weather is suitable

Soutter, James Taylor

1846 Jan 11

 

More concerning the sale of Mason’s corn; can sell in New York, Boston, or wherever; questions about rumors concerning the Oregon question and their effect on stocks; also, tariffs and the national economy

Soutter, James Taylor

1846 Jul 22

Richmond, Va.

Financial matters

Soutter, James Taylor

1846 Dec 19

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a house and financial matters

Soutter, James Taylor

1847 Jan 12

New York, N.Y.

Concerns Dr. James M. Minor’s order to go to sea and his aged, blind mother whose other son is already serving in the Gulf

Soutter, James Taylor

1847 Mar 18

New York, N.Y.

Concerns financial matters

Soutter, James Taylor

1847 Apr 17

New York, N.Y.

Concerns his company (Soutter Bros. & Co.) and a proposal for the Navy butter and cheese contract

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1844 Dec 12

Richmond, Va.

Letter of support for Mason to be appointed to President Polk’s cabinet

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 2

Richmond, Va.

Letter signed by 10+ urging Polk to retain Mason in his present position; wants to know who to safely send it to; also politics

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 7

 

[to Charles F. Osborne c/o John Young Mason] Sending letter prepared on behalf of Mason; the intent embraces nearly every member of the Democratic Party in Virginia

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 9

Richmond, Va.

Letter of recommendation for appointment of William G. Birchett of Prince George as customs inspector at City Point

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 12

 

Concerns Shimuel Godwin of Isle of Wight Co., Va., [Charles F.] Osborne, and [?] Jones’s sudden resignation

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 13

Richmond, Va.

Concerns [Charles F.] Osborne and President-Elect Polk

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 16

Richmond, Va.

[to Francis E. Rives, Washington, D.C.] Concerns Hopkin’s manuvers to get John Winston Jones out of the way so he can be Speaker of the House, and Mason’s position in the Cabinet or Congress

Spark, M. S., Dr.

1845 Feb 16

Richmond, Va.

Concerns [?] Patton being detained by “family considerations” and a letter from Patton (not present)

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1845 Jul 29

Franklin Depot, Va.

Concerns the building of the Memphis naval yard

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1845 Dec 8

Richmond, Va.

Concerns money from N. T. Williams; the president’s message regarding the Oregon question; and reports that he recently saw “Miss Betty” Mason, Mason’s daughter.

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1845 Dec 14

Portsmouth, Va.

Enclosing a certificate of deposit; comments on the “mortifying” election of Smith; he is backing the appointment of Thompson from Wheeling to the position vacated by Judge Isaac S. Pennybacker, not because he supports Thompson, but to keep Hopkins or Stringer from getting the appointment

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1846 Aug 6

Franklin Depot, Va.

Sending hams he has cured

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1846 Dec 7

Richmond, Va.

Concerns his desire for appointment in the regiment being organized for Mexico; expresses doubts about his ability to be quartermaster

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Feb 5

U.S. Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C.

Concerns health problems of one of Mason’s servants [i.e. Henry]; also concerns an appointment Spark has received

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Feb 21

Richmond, Va.

Concerns clothes for Henry, one of Mason’s slaves; Dr. Spark’s desire to get appointment as Army paymaster; also concerns Col. Taliaferro of Gloucester County, Va.

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Mar 5

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Mason’s slave Henry; thinks he has recovered enough so that Mason can now hire him out

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Mar 6

 

Wants appointment as paymaster in the army for himself and a clerkship for Mr. [?] Godwin

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Apr 29

New Orleans, La.

Concerns several financial matters including travel reimbursement to New Orleans

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Jun 22

Buena Vista, Mexico

Concerns problems encountered as new paymaster; states his disagreement with Gen. Taylor’s policy towards the presidency and other politics; is sending $100.50 to renew a note by Lieut. Kinney; notations of Mason on verso indicate he was not given the money by Lieut. Kinney; notes also indicate Mason’s attempts to locate Kinney and the money

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Aug 15

Buena Vista, Mexico

Still in camp, waiting for reenforcements; the volunteers are eager for a fight; Capt. Fairfax died last night after a lingering attack of fever; quarterly reports soon; also concerns Capt. Erskin’s health; asks Mason to forward him a newspaper occasionally

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Sep 28

Monterey, Mexico

Concerns the war with Mexico; military strategies; why he thinks the Mexicans are not ready for peace; and Capt. Erskin’s death. Asks Mason to send a Democrat to replace him.

Spark, William Alexander, Dr.

1847 Nov 5

Monterey, Mexico

Concerns his travel expenses; pay; the death of his brother-in-law, Col. Parker, and the necessity of remaining in the service so he can provide for his sister and her children; also concerns the feeling of despair beginning to pervade the Mexican people and Gen. Taylor’s eye on the presidency

Stainback, George Woodliff

1844 Oct 25

Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Concerns Mason’s note, held by J. H. Williamson, now deceased

Stainback, George Woodliff

1846 May 4

Branch Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Concerns John Young Mason’s personal finances

Stainback, George Woodliff

1847 Oct 4

Branch Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Concerns several of Mason’s notes

Stainback, George Woodliff

1849 Apr 12

Bank of Virginia, Petersburg

Concerns financial matter; encloses statement for 1st quarter, 1849

Stanton, Frederick P.

1845 Aug 22

Memphis, Tenn.

Concerns the replacement of Col. Morrison as assistant engineer in Memphis; also concerns mines (lead, silver, or gold) on lands now occupied by the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians; requests Mason’s assistance for [?] Fowlkes who will be in Washington to bid on some work

Stark, Powhatan Bernard, Dr.

1845 Nov 17

Charlottesville, Va.

Stranded penniless in Charlottesville

Stark, Powhatan Bernard, Dr.

1845 Dec 14

Washington, D.C.

[from Mason to Stark] Concerns finances; tries to help Stark; admonition to devote himself industriously to his profession

Stockton, Robert Field

1844 Aug 23

Captain, USS Princeton

Concerns a report concerning the “Princeton disaster of February last” [a cannon blew up while various dignitaries were aboard]

Stockton, Robert Field

1844 Oct 12

Captain, USS Princeton

Politics

Stockton, Robert Field

1844 Oct 18

Captain, USS Princeton

Concerns politics

Stockton, Robert Field

1844 Oct 22

Captain, USS Princeton

Concerns a gun being manufactured in England and maintenance on the USS Princeton

Stockton, Robert Field

1844 Dec 10

Philadelphia, Pa.

Urging the experimental use of a new steam-driven propeller developed by John Steven

Stockton, Robert Field

1845 Jan 14

New York, N.Y.

Concern sea duty, the “Porpoise,” the “Princeton,” and a propeller

Stockton, Robert Field

1845 Feb 23

 

Concerns the upcoming cruise of the USS Princeton

Stockton, Robert Field

1845 Sep 26

Philadelphia, Pa.

Wishes Mason to use his influence with the President to facilitate the appointment of Capt. McKeever to the Washington Naval Yard

Stockton, Robert Field

1847 May 29

USS Congress

Although he had permission to go to Panama, Comm. Biddle would not allow the ship to go; relates his plans for return

[Stockton, Robert Field]

1848 May 11

Princeton, [N.J.]

Concerns difficulty between Kearny and Fremont (portion of letter missing, including the last page with signature)

Sturdevant, Hurt & Co.

1844 Oct 26

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters and current prices

Sturdevant, Hurt & Co.

1844 Nov 8

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the settlement of a note, and the purchase of wheat, brandy, and lard

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1845 Feb 19

Petersburg, Va.

Recommendation for William G. Birchett

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1846 Jan 10

Petersburg, Va.

[to James B. Newton, Hicksford, Va.] Received authorization from Lewis E. Mason to sell 150 barrels of corn; have found buyer at 3.50/barrel

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1847 Feb 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the price of corn

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1847 Apr 10

Petersburg, Va.

[to Lewis E. Mason, Hicksford, Va.] John Young Mason’s corn and cotton have been sold; bags have been sent to Jarratt’s

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1847 Jun 18

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1847 Jun 19

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1849 Jan 13

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns John Young Mason’s financial affairs

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1849 Apr 24

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the rental of a house in Petersburg

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1849 Dec 15

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters, the bean crop at Fortsville, taxes, and prices for beans, peas, and cotton

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1851 Feb 1

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Mason’s cotton crop, prices, and whether or not to sell; also sending Mason 2 barrels of cider

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1852 Apr 23

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters involving Mason’s note and an enclosed payment which wasn’t enclosed

Sturdivant, Hurt & Co.

1853 Jan 27

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1844 Mar [?]

 

Letter of reference for Navy Dept. clerk A.H. Smith

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1844 Mar 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Letter of congratulations on Mason’s appointment; enclosed newspaper clipping; mentions his letter from Robert Tyler concerning Mason’s appointment

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1846 Apr 4

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the case of U.S. v. Tingy (concerning executive authority) and mineral leases in the area around Lake Superior

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1847 Jul 7

 

Concerns a vacancy in the land office at Green Bay; wants son Thomas W. Sutherland appointed

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1847 Jul 10

Philadelphia, Pa.

Dry dock controversy

Sutherland, Joel Barlow

1847 Jul 17

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns an appointment for his son as receiver of the land office at Green Bay

Taylor, G. W.

1849 Mar 18

 

Concerns a rocket stand and Mason’s input on the subject with the new Secretary of the Navy

Taylor, Rebecca (Mrs. G. W. Taylor)

1850 Jul 15

Washington, D.C.

Concerning the settling of her husband’s estate and Maj. William B. Scott (see also 1850 July 12 and 25; 1851 Jan. 23)

Taylor, Rebecca (Mrs. G. W. Taylor)

1850 Jul 25

Washington, D.C.

Urging Mason to come and help her settle her husband’s estate (see also 1850 July 12 and 15; 1851 Jan. 23)

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1850 Nov 23

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a pamphlet and mail steamer

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1850 Nov 28

Philadelphia, Pa.

Set meeting for Wednesday of next week; line from Macao to California; mail steamers; also concerns their “enterprise”

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1850 Dec 27

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns an agreement (does not say between whom)

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1850 Dec 29

Philadelphia, Pa.

Same subject as Dec. 27

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1851 Apr 26

Philadelphia, Pa.

Invitation to John Young Mason to accompany him on the steam ship Albatross to Charleston, S.C., where there is to be a big medical convention so there will be many well known physicians on board as well as a number of their mutual friends

Thompson, Ambrose W.

 1852 Feb 15

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns steam ship line matters before Congress; also concerns the British government’s intention to establish a steam ship line from Panama to China

Thompson, Ambrose W.

1853 Feb 21

Washington, D.C.

Urges John Young Mason to write to his friends in the Senate similar to letter he wrote to Gen. Rush last spring concerning a bill they want passed; also enlists his help with newspapers and an amendment to the Navy bill

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1845 Mar 11

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns the removal of his brother-in-law, former Governor Pierce Mason Butler, from the position of Cherokee and Comanche Indian Agent

Thompson, [Waddy, Jr.]

1845 Apr 20

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns politics, especially Mexico; the U.S. Navy; blockades; England; California

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1845 Jul 10

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns the status of things in Mexico; asks Mason to help him obtain copies of some papers from the Secretary of the Treasury concerning Mexico’s indemnity. Verso bears note of Mason dated July 19 requesting the papers be sent to him along with this letter

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1845 Aug 26

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns a West Point appointment for Col. Colburn’s son

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1845 Sep 10

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns conditions in Mexico

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1846 Dec 10

Columbia, S.C.

Appears to have changed his mind about having his name presented to the President for a command

Thompson, Waddy Jr.

1847 May 24

Greenville, S.C.

Concerns report (in error) that he was seeking an appointment as Brigadier General

Thomson, John R.

1847 Apr 27

Princeton, N.J.

Concerns a letter from [Robert Field] Stockton, the USS Congress, and the San Diego harbor

Thomson, John R.

1847 Jul 18

Princeton, N.J.

Concerns guns for the Gulf and requests that Rev. John S. Lenhart be appointed a chaplain

Thomson, John R.

1847 Aug 23

Princeton, N.J.

Wishes his brother Lieut. Edward R. Thomson to be appointed commander of the receiving vessel at Philadelphia when the term of the current commander expires

Thornton, James B.

1846 Nov 22

Caroline County, Va.

Concerns his family’s move to Memphis by way of Kentucky and his book, which is being printed (Manual and Guide for Lawyers, Public Officers, and Men of Business); left direction at the publishers to send Mason a copy at no charge

Thornton, James B.

1853 Sep 26

Staunton, Va.

Concerns Mason’s house in Richmond burning; Thornton’s son, Gustavus Brown Thornton, who will attend Richmond College until he can get an appointment to West Point; and congratulates Mason on his appointment to France

Thorp, John L.

1845 Dec 20

Galveston, Texas

Letter of introduction for Guy Bryan of Texas who is seeking appointment as a marshal for the state; bears letter, 1845 Dec. 26, of Guy M. Bryan, Peach Point, Brazoria County, Texas, who cannot come to Washington at this time; however, he wishes his name forwarded to Mr. Polk for consideration

Thorp, John L.

1847 Jan 2

Caney City, Texas

Wants appointment for R. E. Stewart, who was security for R. L. Downman and lost nearly everything; would prefer to be an Indian agent

Thorp, John L.

1847 Oct 27

Marengo County, Ala.

Offers his assistance to Mason in establishing a plantation in the south. Thorp is starting a plantation in Texas to grow sugar

Timberlake, Lewis

1845 Feb 1

New York, N.Y.

Has been out of town until this morning and will tend to matters with [?]; also concerns a financial matter he tended to for Mason

Timberlake, Lewis

1845 Feb 13

New York, N.Y.

Concerns damages to a carriage shipped by boat ; includes statement showing charges

Timberlake, Lewis

1845 Mar 10

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a shipment of canvas for sails

Timberlake, Lewis

1845 Dec 17

New York, N.Y.

Concerns merchant Francis Burrell of Burrell & Johnson and the Boorman Johnson Co.; sudden illness of someone in Timberlake’s family

Timberlake, Lewis

1846 Sep 14

New York, N.Y.

Enclosing letter for James A. Semple and asks Mason to forward it to him if he is no longer in Washington; also states his pleasure at Mason’s return to the Navy Dept.

Timberlake, Lewis

1850 Oct 17

New York, N.Y.

Concerns engraved business cards for John Young Mason

Todd, Samuel P.

1844 Dec 31

Philadelphia, Pa.

[to “Aunt” Dolley Madison] Requests Aunt Dolley use her influence with the Sec. of the Navy to obtain orders for him (Samuel) to be sent to the Mediterranean and arrangements made for his wife and daughter to follow him in a merchant vessel or store ship

Toler, Ann Nicholas (Grymes)

1847 Jul 26

Gunston Hall, Va.

Asks John Young Mason to forward a packet of letters from Col. R. B. Mason to Governor Mason in California; also concerns her sister, Elizabeth, widow of George Mason Hooe; requests a clerkship for Albert S. Willis of Virginia, now residing in Washington and operating a boarding house with his wife

Toler, Hopeful

1847 Jul 10

Lima, Peru

Reports lack of U.S. warships in Callao and Panama; also concerns the squadron and a blockade of the coast of Mexico and its shortcomings; concerns dispatches he is carrying: copies of “proclamations” of Gen. [Steven W.] Kearny (March 1) and Commander [James] Biddle (March 7)

Toler, Hopeful

1848 Aug 23

San Francisco, Calif.

Concerns his displeasure with his daughter Charlotte’s marriage to Lansford Warren Hastings of California and asks Mason’s assistance in gathering ammunition for a divorce, believing her “abusive” husband had at least one other wife (Charlotte was, in fact, his second of three wives).

Tucker, Beverley

1846 Apr 30

 

Wants the contract to make canon balls (with James Hunter and “a gentleman from Louisa”)

Tucker, Beverley

1846 Nov 4

Williamsburg, Va.

Concerns a post office vacancy; important to the college (William and Mary); mentions 2 possibilities for the appointment: 1) the widow of the previous port master, or 2) Parke Slater

Tucker, Beverley

1846 Dec 21

Richmond, Va.

Enclosing clipping from the “Southern Standard” concerning John Young Mason

Tucker, Beverley

1846 Dec 28

Columbia, Va.

Interested in the foundry contract given Mr. Wellford by the Navy Dept. Before his death

Tucker, Beverly

1847 Jun 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the dry dock controversy

Tucker, Beverley

1847 Aug 8

Winchester, Va.

Concerns rumors about John Young Mason and the floating dry dock controversy; defends himself as part of the rumor mill

Tucker, Beverley

1848 May 17

 

Concerns Mason’s being unavailable; encloses money he owed Mason

Tucker, Beverley

1848 Jul 11

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a meeting with Mr. R. (otherwise unidentified) concerning a proposed business venture; also concerns soldiers’ bounty land warrants

Tucker, Beverley

1848 Jul 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a matter before the Senate

Tucker, Beverley

1852 Feb 14

Washington, D.C.

Enclosing maps; also concerns [?] Caperton and a trip to Philadelphia

Tucker, Beverley

1852 Oct 13

Richmond, Va.

Concerns “the Almighty Dollar” and Tucker’s attempts to mend a broken friendship with Mason

Tucker, Henry St. George

1844 Jul 4

 University of Virginia

Charlottesville

Concerns the progress of Mason’s son, John, at the University

Tucker, Henry St. George

1845 Jun 11

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Concern rumors that Mason will be sent to England; wonders if Mason would be interested in filling Tucker’s position at the university when he retires

Tucker, Henry St. George

1845 Jul 7

 

Seeking an appointment

Tucker, Henry St. George

1845 Jul 23

Cape May, N.J.

Will not be seeing Mason on his way home; has scarlet fever in his family

Tucker, John Randolph

1848 May 16

Winchester, Va.

Recommends [Thomas Turner?] Fauntleroy for the office of District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia; encloses petition for Mason to give the President bearing signatures of Tucker, members of the Bar, and other citizens of Winchester

Turner, Jordan W.

1845 Jul 22

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns Mason’s crops

Turner, Jordan W.

1845 Aug 5

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Will have “fowl coop” made and sent with ducks; reports on crops, dry weather, and that the slaves are all well

Turner, Jordan W.

1845 Aug 26

Days’ Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Reports on Mason’s crops, the making of damson preserves, and that family is totally healthy

Turner, Jordan W.

1845 Nov 21

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns marketing John Young Mason’s corn and wheat crops; has sown wheat; financial matters; requests further instructions

Turner, Jordan W.

1845 Dec 15

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns corn crops of 1843-44 and report on current crops; hogs; work of slaves

Turner, Jordan W.

1847 Jun 30

Day’s Neck, Isle of Wight County, Va.

Reports the best crop of wheat Mason ever had, though some of it is “rusted”; report on other crops ; sending 2 hogsheads of bacon and hams (1371 lbs.) and a box of 15 hams (173 lbs.) for Mason’s personal use, along with 10 midlings (178 lbs.); people of Smithfield trying to get subscriptions to build a wharf

Turner, Jordan W.

1848 May 9

Burwell’s Bay, Va.

Wants loan of $50 (notation of Mason that he sent the money)

Turner, Jordan W.

1848 Sep 11

Burwell’s Bay

Concerns financial matters

Turner, Joseph

1847 Feb 3

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns collecting a debt from [?] Wyche; letter forwarded to Col. Kaufman for his opinion, per note on verso

Turner, Joseph

1849 Jun 7

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns a legal matter involving an estate

Turner, Joseph

1852 Dec 30

Hicksford, Va.

Concerns money Mason owed David Augustine Claiborne

Tyler, John W.

1847 Jun 29

Woodlawn, [Prince George County, Va.]

Concerns Maj. Charles Hunton of Fauquier who desires a position in Mason’s Dept.

Tyler, John W.

1848 Dec 7

Richmond, Va.

Concerns a clerkship for Charles Hume of Culpeper - verso bears note, December 8, 1848, of John Strode Barbour concurring with Tyler on Hume’s appointment

Tyler, Robert

1845 Feb 8

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns Tyler’s finances?

Tyler, Robert

1845 Sep 15

 

Concerns a legal case against the United States

Tyler, Robert

1847 May 24

Philadelphia, Pa.

Letter of introduction for Gen. Joseph Hall who has business with the Navy Department

Tyler, Robert

1847 Jun 20

 

Missed Mason in the morning; will be in town until the 4:30 train if Mason wishes to see him

Tyler, Robert

1847 Jun 29

 

Concerns building a propeller ship

Tyler, Robert

1847 Dec 10

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a political meeting he attended that was very turbulent; Tyler is seeking a diplomatic post, preferably in Europe; will not go to South America

Tyler, Robert

1848 Jul 31

Philadelphia

Concerns politics and Armstrong’s orders (see July 29. 1848)

Tyler, Robert

1848 Oct 26

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns a proposed appointment for Tyler

Tyler, Robert

1848 Nov 6

 

Wants to know why he cannot get an answer to his application

Tyler, Robert

1848 Nov 22

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns [Richard?] Brodhead, former member of Congress from Pa.

Tyler, Robert

1848 Dec 26

 

Concerns the nomination for the mission to Rome

Upshur, George Parker

1847 Mar 10

Norfolk, Va.

Acknowledges his appointment as Supt. of the Naval School at Annapolis

Upshur, George Parker

1847 Jul 21

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Concerns midshipman’s exams and encouraging a visit from Mason

Upshur, George Parker

1847 Jul 28

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Will meet Mason at the Depot with a carriage tomorrow evening

Upshur, George Parker

1847 Oct 13

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Concerns [John A.] Dahlgren dividing his time between the school and the laboratory; also concerns housing for professors and their families, support staff, and Upshur’s position

Upshur, George Parker

1848 Mar 10

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Asks Mason to allow a promising, but academically deficient, student to remain at school on a trial basis a little while longer

Upshur, George Parker

1848 Jun 3

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Seamanship exams in progress; invites Mason for a visit, as his daughters Betty and Fanny Mason are there

Upshur, George Parker

1848 Jul 15

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

Sending list of volunteer midshipmen for the St. Lawrence and Portsmouth (ships); regrets that he has no candidates for the St. Louis; asks his nephew be assigned to the observatory with a leave of 6 to 8 weeks to visit family and take care of business in Virginia (been constantly at sea since 1841); also concerns individuals at the school he wishes to “get rid of as soon as you may deem it expedient to dispose of them”; would like Midshipman M. J. Smith ordered to Lieut. Com. Patterson’s survey team

Upshur, George Parker

1848 Aug 3

Naval School, Annapolis, Md.

[?] Van Wyck failed his seamanship exam - wants to go to sea to gain experience before the next “Board”; forwarding application of Professor [Arsene N.] Girault for a residential allowance

Vaudricourt, Augustus G., de

1847 Aug 8

Washington, D.C.

Applies for position of a draftsman (turned down by Com.Warrington)

Vaudricourt, Augustus G., de

1847 Aug 23

Washington, D.C.

Offers to paint Mason’s portrait and ultimately have it lithographed

Vaudricourt, Augustus G., de

1849 Jul 19

Washington, D.C.

Settling in Richmond and wants a letter of recommendation from John Young Mason as he seeks to find employment

Vaughan, Alfred J.

1844 Apr 25

Wellington, Mo.

Concerns Mason’s appointment as Secretary of the Navy; asks for Mason’s help obtaining a government position

Vaughan, Alfred J.

1845 Feb 18

Pottawatamie Creek, Indian Territory

Wants Mason to use his influence with President Polk to help Vaughan retain his position [as Indian agent]

Vaughan, Alfred J.

1845 Feb 20

Pottawatamie Creek, Indian Territory

Wants Mason to use his influence with the Postmaster General to establish a regular mail route for his section; encloses petition

Vaughan, Alfred J.

1847 Oct 23

Kansas, Indian territory

Sends John Young Mason a “Commanche-dressed” buffalo robe; also concerns the relocation of the Potawatomies under his charge to their new home on the Kansas River

Vaughan, Augustus M.

1846 May 23

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns whether postal clerks are exempt from military duty during time of war

Vaughan, David W.

1846 Jul 27

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns the estate of Joseph Mason

Vincent, Frederick

1846 Jan 26

Washington, D.C.

Recommending appointment of A. G. Peachy as secretary or clerk to the commission soon to be instituted by congress to adjudicate the claims of U.S. citizens against the government of Peru (funds already paid to the U.S. treasury)

Vincent, Frederick

1846 Dec 16

Philadelphia, Pa.

Offers to loan money to John Young Mason

Vincent, Frederick

1846 Dec 21

Philadelphia, Pa.

Sending drafts for $1000 to John Young Mason

Vincent, Frederick

1847 Apr 6

Philadelphia, Pa.

Asks for a reply to his letter of March 29th.

Vincent, Frederick

1847 May 25

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns financial matters and Mason’s trip to North Carolina

Vincent, Frederick

1847 Aug 15

Saratoga, N.Y.

Financial matters concerning Mason

Vincent, Frederick

1847 Nov 3

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns Commodore James Barron, [John S.] Gilbert, and the floating dry dock controversy, including charges of patent infringement

Vincent, Frederick

1847 Nov 8

Philadelphia, Pa.

Concerns the dry dock issue and expresses regret that he “transcended the limits of propriety” in his previous letter

Vincent, Frederick

1852 Apr 20

Philadelphia, Pa.

Asks for money that Mason owes him

Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates

1847 Mar [?]

 

Petition to John Young Mason as Secretary of the Navy asking at least one of the government authorized contracts for new Navy steam ships be granted to Richmond ship builder Joseph R. Anderson

Walker, J. Knox

1846 Nov 18

Washington, D.C.

Introduces James Polk who is recommended for a midshipman’s warrant; the President...”will be pleased to converse with you in relation to him...”

Walker, J. Knox

1849 Dec 23

Washington, D.C.

Concerns financial matters and Christmas holidays

Wallace, Robert

1845 Jul 3

Petersburg,, Va.

Extended Mason’s note and other financial matters

Wallace, R[obert]

1847 Apr 20

Washington, D.C.

Letter of introduction for [?] Glenn

Wallace, R[obert]

1847 May 10

Warrenton, Va.

Concerns supply contracts, politics, and the war

Wallace, Robert

1847 Aug 10

Warrenton, Va.

Concerns the war in Mexico and the erroneous way the U.S. and its leaders are fighting it; also concerns British/Cuban relations

Wallace, Robert

1847 Aug 26

Warrenton, Va.

Accepting appointment with “strings”; lost over $90,000 in Mississippi

Wallace, Robert

1849 Dec 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns legal representation for Mrs. McLaughlin; Wallace confined to bed

Wallace, Thomas

1845 Mar 10

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a letter for George H. Jones and Mason’s appointment as Attorney General

Wallace, Thomas

1845 Jun 26

Petersburg, Va.

Bank agreed to discount Mason’s note; Mason’s finances; Washington politics

Wallace, Thomas

1845 Jul 16

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns a trip to Old Point

Wallace, Thomas

1845 Jul 26

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns Joseph V. Scott’s application for mail agent from Richmond, Va., to Weldon, N.C.

Wallace, Thomas

1845 Sep 20

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Mason’s personal finances, politics, and the principle of general suffrage

Wallace, Thomas

1846 Feb 25

Petersburg, Va.

Asks assistance, at the request of Mrs. [?] Matthews, in obtaining the release of her minor son, Thomas Gray Matthews, from the army; she, as a widow, needs his assistance at home; news of friends and acquaintances in Petersburg, including the death of Dr. Harrison of Puddledock;, and the serious illness of Capt. Rives

Wallace, William W.

1848 Sep 21

Warrenton, Va.

Attaches handwritten copy of an editorial from the June 3, 1848 issue of the newspaper “Flag” concerning a nomination of John Young Mason for Vice President

Wallach, Charles H.

1845 Aug 30

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a vacancy on the bench for the circuit court; would like Mason to appoint criminal court judge Dunlop to the circuit court which would leave a vacancy in the criminal court which Charles Wallach would like for himself, all this if Mason does not want the circuit court bench for himself

Wallach, Charles S.

1845 Mar 11

Washington, D.C.

Reference for Daniel Smith, an applicant for a messenger’s position in Mason’s department (Attorney General)

Wallerston, George

1848 Jun 14

Washington, D.C.

Reminds Mason of his subscription to the Washington National Monument ($20)

Walsh, Elizabeth H.

1845 Oct 16

Paris, France

Concerns Mason’s appointment and Mr. Ritchie

Walsh, Elizabeth H.

1847 Oct 23

Paris, France

Concerns Mason’s pamphlet (speech at UNC) - also concerns Mr. Walsh and consular charges connected with the death of Mrs. Julia Vail

Walsh, Robert, U.S. Consul to France

1847 Jul 4

Paris, France

Seeking the admission of 2 sons of Viscountess D’Abzac, heirs of Baron DeKalb, to West Point and Annapolis

Warrington, Lewis

1846 Jan 26

U.S. Navy Bureau of Yard and Docks, Washington, D.C.

Concerns a hearing before the judge of the orphans court proving the will of Commodore Crane; and surity

Warrington, Lewis

1850 Sep 18

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a note; an inventory of a store that is part of an estate; the USS Falmouth; and charges of insubordination against John De Camp

Warwick, Abraham

1846 Feb 6

New York, N.Y.

Concerns financial matters, including clearing debts; also concerns Gallego Mills

Warwick, Abraham

1851 Mar 15

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Gallego Mills, flour, and the new market in California

Watkins, Joseph S.

1845 Nov 28

Memphis, Tenn.

Thinks it would be wiser to appoint someone from the local Memphis area than [?] Peachy

Watkins, Joseph S.

1846 Sep 28

Memphis, Tenn.

Concerns Bancroft’s leave and John Young Mason’s appointment as Secretary of the Navy; construction of the naval depot at Memphis ; long discourse on the strategic placement of the Memphis facility

Watkins, Joseph S.

1846 Oct 27

Memphis, Tenn.

Charges of mismanagement of funds at the Naval facility and questions concerning his involvement with the Mutual Assurance and Trust Company of Memphis

Watkins, Joseph S.

1847 May 22

Memphis, Tenn.

Concerns the management of Naval offices in Memphis while he is visiting in Virginia; nearly completed the steamer Alleghany

Watkins, Joseph S.

1847 Aug 16

Memphis, Tenn.

“Commandant” has been quite sick; includes words of praise for his leadership; local politics; the election; and an upcoming visit to Virginia

Watterston, George

1848 Mar 15

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a donation toward the building of Washington Monument

Weightman, H.

1846 Jan 14

 

Asks Mason to present his application for the Marine Corps

Weightman, H.

1846 Apr 14

Washington, D.C.

[to President James K. Polk] Seeking rank of 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps (uses John Young Mason and others as references)

Weldon, E. Waight

1849 Mar 1

Arkansas

[from Mason to Weldon] Concerns the procedure for appointment of cadets

Wells, Gideon

1847 May 19

U.S. Navy Bureau of Provision and Clothing

Concerns the Bureau whose affairs are “an embarrassment” to him; Mr. [?] Pugh, the chief accountant and bookkeeper is not an accountant, consequently cannot perform his duties adequately; very behind; no entries for current fiscal year which is almost over; always on time, respectful, etc.; should be transferred to a position for which he is more suited without embarrassing him further

Welsh, Henry

1847 Aug 31

Naval Office, Philadelphia, Pa.

His son and friend Wells are assigned to the “Petrel” in the Gulf; health not good; wishes them relieved from duty on the small boat to which they have been attached for almost a year; notes concerning Mason’s reply on verso

Wescott, J. D., Jr.

1846 Nov 13

 

[from Mason to Wescott] Concerns purser and midshipmen appointments for Florida

Weston, Nathan

1847 Sep 25

Augusta, Me.

[to Nathan Clifford, U.S. Attorney General] Concerns trying to have his son Charles reinstated in the service

Wethered, Sally I.

1845 Sep 3

Baltimore, Md.

Asks John Young Mason to re-appoint Augustus C. Ludlow; her nephew, who had been dismissed by Bancroft

Wethered, Sally I.

1845 Sep 19

Baltimore, Md.

Concerns her nephew, Augustus C. Ludlow (see also letter of 1845 Sept. 3)

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1846 Nov 7

New York, N.Y.

Concerns a particular vessel and Col. Mason; also concerns other ships and depth of water

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1847 Apr 2

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the arrival of the Vincennes with 20 men on the sick list; 28 lost during the cruise (25 by dysentery); Purser [John, Jr.] Mason has been sick by is now quite recovered

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1847 Apr 10

New York, N.Y.

Concerns national politics and the “ladies” traveling by train from New York

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1847 Apr 15

New York, N.Y.

Primarily concerns the performance of the Scourge (III, ship) in heavy seas

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1847 May 7

New York, N.Y.

Letter of introduction for Marshall O. Roberts, merchant of New York

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1847 Aug 12

New York, N.Y.

Sick for almost a month; sending Mason a box of fish he is too sick to eat ; bill of lading of Adams & Co. Express, N.Y. attached

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Aug 28

New York, N.Y.

Refers to Mason’s “severe affliction,” i.e. the death of Mason’s child, Francis Key Mason; Mr. [George H.] Jones’s note; and a land purchase

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Aug 30

New York, N.Y.

Concerns the press, in particular the Globe

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Oct 26

 

Concerns cards left with him

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Nov 2

New York, N.Y.

Concerns passengers on board the steam ship Falcon going to Panama; also concerns a horse, politics, and the upcoming election

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Nov 24

New York, N.Y.

No news yet of the supply sloop; the Falcon awaits her passengers; enclosing a line for Mr. [George H.] Jones (wanting)

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Nov 26

New York, N.Y.

[to George H. Jones, Washington, D.C.] Concerns financial matters; cancelled note enclosed

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Dec 12

Navy Agent’s Office, New York

Concerns supplies, M. Lynch, and Purser [John, Jr.] Mason; vessels in great demand bound for the Pacific

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Dec 18

New York Navy Agent’s Office

Concerns Com. Parker, a steamer, and a note frm Mr. B[?] to Mason

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1848 Dec 27

New York, N.Y.

Concerns financial matters, various “steamers,” [William H.] Aspinwall, and the Panama Railroad

Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery

1849 Feb 1

New York, N.Y.

Recommends appointment of Townsend Harris as collector at San Francisco in the event the Revenue Service is extended to that territory

Wheeler, John H.

1845 Jul 5

Beattysford, N.C.

Office seeker

Wheeler, John H.

1845 Nov 9

Beattysford, N.C.

Convention has been called on January 8 to nominate a governor; Wheeler will decline if nominated; also discusses national politics; southern men and southern influences are “sadly wanting at Washington”

Wheeler, John H.

1847 Sep 3

 

Thanks Mason for pamphlet copy of his address at the University of North Caroline; also concerns Wheeler’s brother, Junius Brutus Wheeler serving in Mexico in Company I, 12th regiment; endorses Capt. Clarke as 3rd lieutenant in the 12th regiment; also bears post script concerning mutual friend Judge Saunders

Wheeler, S.

1845 Dec 24

Attorney, Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns lands patented by Land Office Treasury Warrant to Col John Harper of Norfolk County, Va.; Gosport Navy Yard has taken over land without title; seeking Mason’s guidance as to best way to pursue the matter; post script mentions Dr. Young and cousin Eliza Ann Young

Wheeler, S.

1849 May 10

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters involving Mason, Robert W. Young, and Robert Marshall Boykin

Wheeler, S.

1849 Jul 28

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns a financial matter relating to Mason

Whitney, A.

1848 Nov 2

New York, N.Y.

Concerns an article from the Journal of Commerce based on Lieut. Emory’s report on Kearney’s expedition to New Mexico and California and Whitney’s proposed project

Whittle, William Conway

1845 Jun 1

Woodstock, [Va.]

Thanks Mason for his interest in his application

Whittle, William Conway

1846 Oct 22

Woodstock, Va.

Just received Mason’s order, which will be obeyed without delay

Whittle, William Conway

1847 Jun 10

Mecklenburg County, Va.

Has been a Navy Lieutenant for 19 years; left the Gulf of Mexico (nothing to do); desires a promotion and a position in which he can support his family

Wightt, Ann G.

1852 May 28

Washington, D.C.

Just signed a check to be forwarded to Mason; also concerns Mason as a delegate to the national convention and her plans to join Mr. and Mrs. Mason

Wightt, Ann G.

1855 Mar 22

 

Concerns his increase in salary as minister to France; the death of Czar Nicholas I; the “Know-Nothings;” Lewis (Mason’s son); and Ellen Blunt

Wightt, Ann G.

1855 May 21

 

Concerns Mason’s recovery; his impending trip to Nice; European politics and the Crimean War; friend, Mrs. [?]’s arrival from Mexico; going to visit Gov. and Mrs. Letcher and then to Monmouth Cave; Mr. Mann’s resignation and his duties being carried out by William Hunter; [?] Wise; James Mason; and the “Know-Nothings”

Wilkes, Charles

1848 Mar 20

Washington, D.C.

Concerns the regulations governing exams of the midshipmen, both academic and seamanship; Wilke’s surprise at the Board of Examiners excluding Supt. Upshur from witnessing the examinations; also includes his proposal for calculating scores on the aggregate averages of seamanship and navigation combined

Wilkins, Edmund

1846 Nov 30

 

Concerns the estates of James Halliday and Joseph Mason

Wilkins, William

1846 Nov 15

Homewood, Pa.

Concerns Alexander J. Dallas resigning his commission

Wilkins, William

1847 Jul 7

Homewood, Pa.

Returning money borrowed from Mason by Wilkins’s son; wishes a visit at “Homewood” from the Masons; also concerns the death of Richard Biddle

Wilkins, William

1848 Aug 7

Warrenton Springs, [Va.]

Concerns a change in assignment

Wilkinson, Frances Coleman

1846 Feb 9

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns her husband’s ill health, Mason’s efforts on Henry’s behalf, and invites Mason’s wife, Mary Ann, for a visit with plenty of rest and quiet, sending “segars,” jelly, and candy

Wilkinson, Frances Coleman

1847 Oct 5

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns an appointment as midshipman for her friend’s son, Frank West

Wilkinson, Henry

1846 Dec 29

Norfolk, Va.

Applying for duty on board any revenue vessel serving in the Gulf; all his family are sick with influenza

Wilkinson, Henry

1849 Jul 15

New York, N.Y.

Wants letter of introduction to Messrs. Howland and Aspinwall in order to apply for a position with their Pacific Steamer line

Wilkinson, [Jesse]

1847 Apr 20

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns a midshipman’s appointment for Charles E. Walters of Nansemond County, Va.

Wilkinson, [Jesse]

1847 Apr 30

Norfolk, Va.

Enquiring about employment

Wilkinson, Jesse

1848 Nov 15

Norfolk, Va.

[to Foxhall A. Parker] Assures Parker that he will get along with Capt. Page in “harmony and friendship”; excitement of presidential election subsiding; predicts effort will be made by the Whigs to make a clean sweep of the customs houses, post offices, naval agents, and navy yard men; storekeeper Jordan...is quaking with fear

Wilkinson, Jesse

1848 Dec 4

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his son Henry, who is attached to the Revenue Service; needs some sailing experience (all his experience has been steamer)

Wilkinson, Jesse

1849 Jan 25

Norfolk, Va.

Concerns his physical problems (paralysis on one side) and bears note of “Lucy [Wilkinson]” (she addressed Mason as “Cousin John”)

Wilkinson, Jesse

1849 Feb 6

Norfolk, Va.

Asks to be relieved of his command because of health issues

Wilkinson, John

1844 May 6

US Schooner Phoenix

Congratulations on appointment; asks for leave

Wilkinson, John

1845 Feb 13

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns the USS Columbia being refitted for sale and questions who will be in command

Wilkinson, John

1847 Jan 12

USS Germantown

Seeking a promotion

Wilkinson, Lucy

1846 Jan 9

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Mason’s efforts to obtain an appointment to West Point for Henry and news of family and friends

Wilkinson, William W.

1845 May 25

U.S. Naval Hospital

Thanks John Young Mason for helping him get leave from the Navy

Wilkinson, William W.

1845 Aug 13

Orangeburg, S.C.

Weather too warm in Charleston; desires more information on the matter for which he went to see Mason

Williams, Hampton C.

1845 Aug 30

Washington, D.C.

Wants Judge Bibb appointed to succeed Judge Thruston; other judges are a little annoyed with abolition notions; wants Mason to present Bibb’s name for the position

Williams, Hampton C.

1846 Feb 28

U.S. Pension Office, Washington, D.C.

Concerns the President and Dr. Crump; Col. Edwards will speak with Crump; wishes Mason to reinforce what he is told about keeping his mouth shut

Williams, John James

1852 Feb 20

Kanawha Court House, Va. [now W. Va.]

Concerns Samuel H. Early v. James River and Kanawha Company

Williams, Nathaniel T.

1845 Nov 3

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns money he owes

Williams, Nathaniel T.

1847 Feb 24

New Orleans, La.

Concerns his cotton crop and debts

Williams, Nathaniel T.

1847 Oct 11

 

[from Mason to Williams] Rough draft of letter to N[athaniel] T. Williams, Vicksburg, Miss., concerning financial matters - marked through and not sent (?)

Wilson, Daniel A.

1845 Aug 19

Lynchburg, Va.

Recommendation for Robert Cauthorne of Lynchburg

Wilson, Daniel A.

1849 May 20

Lynchburg, Va.

Expressing congratulations on Mason’s election; also of his appointment to represent Virginia at the Memphis Convention (railroad)

Wise, Henry A.

1844 Jul 13

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Describes his voyage to Rio, the death of Capt. Dallas leaving the command of the Pacific Squadron vacant, and recommending Capt. Percival to fill the vacancy as he is currently in India and much closer than anyone else

Wise, Henry A.

1846 Dec 19

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Concerns the fraudulent activities of Naval store-keeper “Mr. Jones” in Rio

Wise, Henry A.

1847 Apr 12

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Concerns Brazil, his anticipated return home, and the selection of his successors

Wise, Henry A.

1847 Oct 23

Philadelphia, Pa.

[to James Buchana] Requests Buchanan get Mason to issue an order for Lieut. Davis (who is on duty at the Naval Asylum) to accompany Wise to Washington

Wise, Henry A.

1848 Jan 29

 Accomack County, Va.

Concerns Dr. Harris, head of the Naval Surgical Bureau and Dr. Garnett, assistant surgeon

Wise, John Cropper

1844 Jan 9

Accomack County, Va.

Requests assistance obtaining government position.

Wise, John Cropper

1845 Feb 9

Accomack County, Va.

Seeking job in government

Wise, John Cropper

1845 Nov 11

Accomack County, Va.

Presidential politics

Withers, Robert W., Dr.

1848 Dec 10

Greensboro, Ala.

Concerns his case which is to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court

Withers, Robert W., Dr.

1849 Dec 29

Greensboro, Ala.

Concerns his case in the U.S. Supreme Court and a little book, “Adventures of a Gentleman in Search of a Horse” written by a lawyer

Withers, Thomas, Dr.

1849 Nov 21

Petersburg, Va.

Concerns his brother Robert’s case in the U.S. Supreme Court and the loss of a child; also concerns a new set of “Rules of Practice” for the Supreme Court

Womble, John

1845 Feb 11

Richmond, Va.

Concerns Mason’s financial matters

Womble, John

1845 Jun 24

Richmond, Va.

Deposited Mason note for $1000 and other financial matters

Womble, John

1845 Jul 5

Richmond, Va.

Financial matters

Womble, John

1845 Oct 30

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the marketing of John Young Mason’s white wheat and all the bad things that happened to it

Womble, John

1846 Jul 14

Richmond, Va.

Concerns the sale of John Young Mason’s corn; bears account

Womble, John

1846 Aug 28

Richmond, Va.

[written for Womble by W. Willis] Concerns certificate of deposit ($500) advance on John Young Mason’s crop of wheat

Wood, David Henry

1848 May 20

Washington, D.C.

Concerning letter of James H. Carson to Wood and asking Mason’s assistance in getting the district attorney appointment for Carson (See Carson to Wood, 1848 May 18)

Wood, David Henry

1848 Sep 15

 

Seeking appointment to the vacancy in the Register’s Office

Woodley, [W?] H.

1846 Feb 24

Washington, D.C.

Desires a position but is at a loss as to what; would like to be sent to Oregon where prospects would be more abundant

Woodley, [W?] H.

1848 Dec 15

 

Seeking a position that would give him at least $1,000

Woodley, W. H.

1849 Feb [?]

 

Requesting an enclosed letter be forwarded to the President; concerns passage of a bill and his claims/qualifications for a position; letter, 1849 Feb 20, Woodley to the President applies for the position of Secretary to the Board of Commissioners to liquidate the Mexican claims

Woodward, George W.

1847 Sep 21

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Concerns a possible chaplaincy for the husband of a neighbor, Mrs. Snowden, who is dying and concerned about her 6 children’s welfare

Woodward, George W.

1847 Nov 1

Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Concerns the Rev. Mr. Snowden (see also letter of G. M. Dallas, 1847 Oct. 24)

Wortham, George

1847 Jul 26

Oxford, N.C.

Wishes to fill the vacancy in the North Carolina 2nd Infantry Regiment - verso contain Mason’s reply of August 25

Wynn, William T.

1845 Dec 15

New Orleans, La.

Heard that President Polk recommended the establishment of Indian agencies west of the Rockies; if established he would like an appointment to the Snake (i.e. Shoshone) or Utah (i.e. Ute) Indians; passed last winter west of the mountains, very beneficial to his health; will provide “testimonials” to his character, should he not be remembered; he is the brother of Mrs. Crump of Dinwiddie County, Va., and grandson of William Wynn of Sussex County, Va.

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1825 Apr 16

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns rumors circulating to discredit Mason during his campaign for election to the Va. Legislature

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1844 May 22

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerning a Va. Supreme Court case assigning value to specific slaves belonging to Dr. Pender

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1846 Jan 8

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns the relocation of a post office and bears post script with news of Mason’s family

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1849 Aug 6

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns a land title search he is doing for Mason; forwards resolutions to Mason adopted at court the preceding day; election of Archibald Atkinson, A. Smith, Nathaniel Peyton Young to local political group; nominated Mason as candidate for state convention; bears notes and signatures of N. P. Young, A. Smith, and M. H. Jordan

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1851 Oct 26

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Concerns a deed Mason sent to be recorded and financial matters

Young, Nathaniel Peyton

1852 Aug 23

Isle of Wight County, Va.

Acknowledges receipt of Mason’s letter and draft; paid Mrs. Harris the interest due on the bond; also concerning putting up two houses at a cost of $45 each; Mason’s crop of wheat is looking good; family visits

Young, Robert W.

1844 Sep 5

Portsmouth, Va.

Commenting on a letter Mason had received from Col. Jordan, his own application to the President for office of Naval storekeeper at Memphis, and family news

Young, Robert W.

1845 Feb 13

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns Mason’s financial affairs

Young, Robert W.

1845 Jun 4

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns the death of Mr. King and applicants for his vacant office

Young, Robert W.

1845 Aug 7

Portsmouth, Va.

Thanks Mason for his job, though monotonous

Young, Robert W.

1845 Sep 24

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns an office in the Norfolk Customs House for C. C. Robinson

Young, Robert W.

1845 Oct 18

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns Robert Boykin’s note which the Exchange Bank refuses to discount; also has question regarding exemption from military duty

Young, Robert W.

1845 Nov 9

Portsmouth, Va.

Rev. McKinney desires sea duty; ask Mason to intercede with the Secretary of the Navy; discussion of the “place” of the Navy chaplain

Young, Robert W.

1845 Dec 2

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns one of John Young Mason’s notes that is coming due and has not been discounted

Young, Robert W.

1846 Jul 16

Portsmouth, Va.

[to Archibald Atkinson] Applying for a clerk’s position in Dr. Collin’s office, using John Young Mason as a reference

Young, Robert W.

1846 Aug 3

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Young, Robert W.

1846 Aug 25

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Young, Robert W.

1846 Oct 29

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns covering a note of Robert M. Boykin that was overdue (covered with a blank check bearing the endorsement of John Young Mason); also concerns workers at the Norfolk Navy Yard , where slaves are doing most of actual work with a few white men employed as managers ; also concerns proposed attempts to standardize pay, and Phillip Ranspach, keeper of the magazine

Young, Robert W.

1846 Nov 19

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns an appointment at the yard (could not appoint the person Mason wanted because Com. Skinner had someone he wanted)

Young, Robert W.

1846 Dec 17

Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va.

Concerns Commodore Farragut, Com. Wilkinson, Com. Stewart, Com. Warrington, and a breech of confidence

Young, Robert W.

1847 Feb 11

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns financial matters

Young, Robert W.

1847 May 5

Portsmouth, Va.

Note of Mason’s is due at the bank on the 12th. Also concerns [Archibald] Atkinson and a government job

Young, Robert W.

1847 Jun 30

Portsmouth, Va.

Financial matters

Young, Robert W.

1847 Sep 5

Portsmouth, Va.

Concerns bank business that he and Dr. Boykin are taking care of for Mason; also concerns the Whigs and Cousin Mary

Young, Robert W.

1849 Mar 21

Navy Dept.

Wants Mason to use his influence with the new Secretary of the Navy concerning a position for Young

Young, Robert W.

1849 Apr 10

Washington, D.C.

Reports on his interview with Mason’s successor as Sec. of the Navy, William B. Preston , and family plans

Young, Robert W.

1849 May 7

Navy Dept.

Concerns Com. Cocke; thanks Mason for all his kindness

Young, Robert W.

1849 May 14

Navy Dept.

Concerns Mason’s election as President of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company

Young, Robert W.

1851 Jun 22

Washington, D.C.

Concerns financial matters and family news

Young, Robert W.

1852 Apr 10

Washington, D.C.

Concerns law regarding distribution of pension funds to children and grandchildren of the deceased

Young, Robert W.

1853 Jan 5

Washington, D.C.

Concerns financial matters

Yulee, David Levy

1845 Aug 1

Washington, D.C.

Concerns a proposal to increase the Marine Corps

Yulee, David Levy

1848 Mar 28

Senate

Sending a couple letters concerning the Coast Defense Movement

Yulee, David Levy

1848 May 5

Naval Office

Concerns the role of the Navy in the Mexican War

Yulee, David Levy

1848 Jul 5

 

Concerns obtaining a large telescope; also suggests a pay scale for midshipmen based on years of service rather than a flat rate

[unidentified]

1847 Feb 06

 

[from Mason to an unidentified recipient] Concerns financial matters, both personal and Navy pay - the men of the Cumberland - attached sheet of financial notes

[unidentified]

1847 Mar 27

 

[from Mason to an unidentified recipient] Takes someone to task for their talk concerning him

[unidentified]

1845 Mar 10

Richmond, Va.

[Incomplete] Concerns Charles Botts’s desire to be appointed Commissioner of Patents; the Richmond (Va.) post office; the dismissal of Gooch, supposedly because of his political views; the Federalists in state offices

[unidentified]

1846 Dec 19

Washington, D.C.

[to Benjamin E. Green] Concerns the steamboat Columbia’s suitability for transporting troops [See 1846 Dec 21, Green to Mason]

Last updated: May 22, 2009