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    USS Constitution Partly Printed Document Signed "John Bery," one page, 7" x 5.25". Boston, August 13, 1798. In full, "Received of Henry Jackson, Naval Agent for the United States, at Boston, One hundred & twenty Six Dolls & forty seven Cents in full for Sundry Hogsheads for Bread & Cooperage of Bread for the United States Frigate Constitution pr letr for which I have signed triplicate Receipts of the same tenor and date." The USS Constitution was launched in Boston on October 21, 1797, and on March 23, 1798, the House of Representatives "Resolved, That there be appropriated a further sum, not exceeding one hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and thirty-three dollars, to complete and equip for sea, with all convenient speed, the frigates the United States, the Constitution, and the Constellation." First put to sea on July 23, 1798, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholson, the USS Constitution patrolled the Southeast coast of the United States during the Quasi-War with France. Hogsheads are large barrels and coopers made barrels, so this receipt was for equipment for the storage of food for the crew of the USS Constitution on its maiden and future voyages. The USS Constitution's victories over British frigates HMS Guerriere and HMS Java in the War of 1812 were instrumental in world recognition of the United States as a naval power. Documents relating to the USS Constitution are extremely desirable and this document is in very fine condition.

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    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
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