“[You] propose a most acceptable service to the navy of the United States,” part of a cryptic autograph letter to a colleague, signed by Barron, May 7, 1830, From Gosport [i.e., Portsmouth, VA]

4to. One-page, approximately 90 words, in part: “It is now some time since I have been called upon to reflect on the subject alluded to … [work] does not allow me a moment of time to a study, that requires so much intense reflection as the one you are about to encounter.” Barron commanded the Warren toward the end of the Quasi-War with France and then Essex during the Barbary War. After surrendering the Chesapeake to the British in 1807 and seeing four sailors taken off as alleged deserted, Barron was court-martialed and convicted for ill-preparedness and suspended for five years. In 1820 he mortally wounded Stephen Decatur in a duel and spent the rest of his career on shore duty. Old fold lines, but very good. Item #68627

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