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Simco, Henry : Public Claim

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Gloucester C. House 26th Oct. 1832

Dear Sir, Some time before my return from the mountains I requested my Brother to forward to me at Richmond a claim agt the Commonwealth for 1425$ which had been allowed to Mr. Henry Simco by our Court for three of his negro's which were condemned -

My Brother informed me that the claim was enclosed in a letter to me & directed to the care of Hall Wilson Esqr. & that it was endorsed by [W?] S. payable to my order. Will you do me the favor to ask Mr. Wilson for the letter, open it, take from it the claim & present it to the Auditor for payment. If it be necessary that the claim be made payable to you, I will thank you to erase my name & insert your own.

Should you succeed in getting the money you will please deposit the amt to the credit of my acct at the Bank of Virginia. if not, bring the letter & the claim with you on your return -

Pray do me the favor also to apply to P. N. Nicholas Esqr or Th: Ritchie esqr. for 300 Electoral Tickets, probably that number will be required - Very truly yr: Friend Thomas Smith