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“Mr. 2nd Comptroller Cutts came into my office to shew me the papers in the case of the late Purser Josiah Tatnal, Jr. (I had asked him for copy of the bond).
That done, he stated, at cruel length, his difficulty with the Q.[uarter] M.[aster] Genl’s office...
He is a polite man, and I think means well, but [is] excessively dull and vain. I really pity him. It is a great misfortune to any gentleman to have no sense.”

Howard K. Beale, The Diary Of Edward Bates, 1859-1866
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