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    Stephen Decatur Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.5" x 12.75", Washington, April 1818. Decatur writes to James Beatty:

    "My Dear Sir: Through your polite attention, I received by the hands of Captain Mitchell, the small packet you where [sic] so good as to send by him. I beg you to accept my thanks & tender of services if they can ever be useful to you."

    Stephen Decatur was one of America's greatest naval heroes, serving in the quasi war with France, the War of 1812 and both Barbary Wars, which earned him the title, "the conqueror of the Barbary pirates." Decatur's night raid into Tripoli harbor on 16 February 1804, to destroy the former U.S. frigate Philadelphia (which had been under the command of Bainbridge when she ran aground and was captured) was characterized by Admiral Lord Nelson as "the most bold and daring act of the age," the action this pitcher probably commemorates. Bainbridge's service spanned the same period and was highlighted by his victory over HMS Java during the War of 1812 while in command of the U.S.S. Constitution. Two years after this letter was written, Decatur was mortally wounded in a duel in Bladensburg, Maryland, March 22, 1820.

    Condition: Toned with foxing, usual mail folds. Two strips of tape on verso, does not affect writing. An engraving of Decatur, standing in full uniform on the deck of a ship is included.


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    October, 2017
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