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Manuscript Letter Signed by Commodore John Rodgers, Adressed to Commodore William Bainbridge, Illustrating US Navy Ship Building.
1831. Manuscript Letter, 6 January 1831, Twice Signed by Commodore John Rodgers, once at conclusion of letter and again to verso as sender. Also with annotation by the recipient, Commodore William Bainbridge, a red wax seal, and the City of Washington postal stamp 7 January 1831. Also stamped "FREE" as this was obviously official business and the sender or receiver did not have to pay any postage. 8vo. Single-leaf, once folded into integral envelope. Double leaf, measuring approximately 20cm x 25cm. Two binder perforations, otherwise very good condition, content in an exceptionally neat secretarial hand. At the time, Rodgers was head of the Board of Navy Commissioners. This letter was written by his secretary at the Navy Commissioners Office. Rodgers is offering a supply of white oak wood to Bainbridge for resell at the latter's shipyard. During the colonial period white oak was much prized for ship building, for its strong, relatively inflexible, and rot resistant properties. Bainbridge was at the time commandant the Philadelphia Navy Yard. . Signed. Manuscript.
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