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The Cutts mss., 1813-1815, consist of letters of Richard Cutts, 1771-1845, Superintendent general of military supplies, Washington, D.C., 1813-1817, addressed to his father, Thomas Cutts, and to Thomas G. Thornton, Marshal of Maine, both of Saco, Maine.

Career of Richard Cutts: born, Cutts Island, Saco, Maine, June 28, 1771; graduated, Harvard College, 1790; studied law; engaged extensively in navigation and commercial pursuits; member, Maine House of representatives, 1799-1800; congressman, March 4, 1801-March 3, 1813; married Anna Payne, sister of Dolly Madison, March 30, 1804; Superintendent general of military supplies, 1813-1817; second Comptroller of U.S. Treasury, March 6, 1817-March 21, 1829; died, Washington, D.C., April 7, 1845.

The letters in the collection are concerned principally with war news and include an account of the capture of Washington by the British in 1814. There is also news of Congress, of events in Europe, and of American diplomatic relations.

Collection size: 22 items

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