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To the [illegible] of the [guard] of [illegible] for the City of Portsmouth Your petition Peter Smith a native of Holland respectfully represents that I entered the naval service of the United States in November 10th 1861 [illegible] was honorably discharged therefrom the 11 Nov 1864 that is was at the time [illegible] enlisted and now is for a [illegible] his intention to become a citizen of the United States and now (pursue) this (her) petition to the Court and pray to be permitted to become of the United States in pursuance of the [illegible] of Congress entitled "an act to define the hay and annulment of Certain Officers and for other purpose," paper 17 July [1863]. And your petition will ever pray [illegible]. Peter Smith