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    John Barry Document Signed. One page, 8" x 2.75", no place; June 10, 1800. A document resembling an early check which authorizes payment of $50 to a James Galaen. It reads in full: "Bank of the United States June 10th 1800 pay to James Galaen or bearer fifty Dollars -" Signed, "John Barry."

    Merchant shipmaster John Barry (1745-1803) 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."

    Condition: Lightly toned. Partially erased pencil notation to recto. One small pinprick hole. Two uniform holes at center that resemble perforated cancellations.


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