1 page, 10 x 7.75 inches, Auditor's Office, Treasury Department, September 29, 1817. Written to a petitioner who has filed a claim for a deceased soldier's back pay, in part: " I have to inform you that your claim for the pay of Hiram Pool, late a private of Capt. Heslemans Company of Artillery, has been taken up for examination, but it appears that the pay due him is for services rendered during the Peace Establishment..." Two-inch closed tear on the left side, small chip near the upper right, and staining on the lower right; good condition.
In this particular case, Private Pool was killed after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent (Dec. 24, 1814). The government, therefore, is attempting to imply that he lost his life during the Peace Establishment and the petitioner is entitled to far less monies than if a determination were made that he died during the war.