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Navy Department, May 15, 1861.
Your letter of the 23d April, tendering your resignation as a Lieutenant in the Navy has been received.

By order of the President of the United States, your name has been stricken from the rolls of the Navy from that date.

Very respectfully yours,
[Signed] Gideon Welles,
Secretary of the Navy. Mr. Hunter Davidson,
Late Lieutenant U. S. Navy.

Ordnance Department,
Norfolk (Va Navy-Yard,
May 23, 1861.
Abram Lincoln, Esq., President of the late United States: Sir:
I have just received a communication from your Secretary of the Navy, stating that you had directed that my name should be stricken from the rolls of that service.

Herewith you will find that communication returned.

Be pleased to accept my thanks for the courteous manner in which you have acted touching my resignation. I am sure that the ten millions of freemen, whose principles and cause I have expensed, will appreciate the motives which induced such a mild, just and dignified exercise of your high prerogative.

In future years, when one shall turn over the pages of impartial history, with what pride will they point their children to the example of a Washington. a Jackson, and last, not least, an Abe Lincoln!

Yours, &c.,
Hunter Davidson,
Lieut. Va. Navy.
Forwarded through Gideon Welles, Esq., Secretary of the late U. S. Navy.

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