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    John Barry Autograph Letter Signed "John Barry," one page, 8" x 9.75". Strawberry Hill, December 22, 1792. To Michael M. O'Brian. In part, "I have snatched a few moments to inform you that after all the trouble I have had with our little Vessel I am very much disappointed in her not carrying more goods but I hope it is in some measure owing to her being badly stowed as we have been in a great hurry to get her out before the River close. She is a well built little vessel and I am in hopes she will make it up in fast sailings..." Merchant shipmaster John Barry outfitted the first Continental fleet in Philadelphia in the Revolutionary War during which he commanded the Lexington and Alliance. He was commissioned the first Captain in the Navy when it was permanently organized by Congress in 1794. Barry superintended the building of the frigate United States and made several cruises in her with other vessels under his command in the quasi-war with France (1798-1800). He is known as "Father of the Navy." Three binder indentations at right edge, minor tears at edge. Seal tear on integral address leaf. Fine condition.

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