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Henry L. Whitcomb Transcript

Farmington, May 5, 1864

Dear Sir:

George Butler, a soldier in the 32nd Reg. died some three weeks ago, leaving no heirs in this state, & if any at all, probably very distant.  When a mere child he was bound out by the selectmen of the town in which his residence was, to one Perkins by articles of apprenticeship, to remain till he should be 21 years of age.

When about 19 he went to Augusta & enlisted without the knowledge or consent of said Perkins, was in camp there a few weeks & died, but was mustered into the U. S. Service before his death.  I wish to know who is entitled to his bounties & in whose name they can be obtained. Is it necessary to have an administrator appointed in order to procure them or has said Perkins any authority to apply and receive them in his own name? Please let me know, directing to Philips, Me.

Respectfully yours,
H.L. Whitcomb

Hon. J. L. Hodsdon
Adj. General of Maine