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    William Bainbridge Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages with integral address cover, 8" x 10", Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; May 25, 1829. A letter from Bainbridge to General Henry A. S. Dearborn, Boston, Massachusetts, primarily sending family news and inquiring about the health of Dearborn's father, Revolutionary War officer and former Secretary of War Henry Dearborn: "I regret to learn from Doct. Bates, who past [sic] through here a day or two since, that your Father was not well."
    Condition: The letter has horizontal and vertical folds, with separations occurring at margins. The letter has separated at the integral fold and has been repaired with conservator's tape. Earlier attempts at repair are present, with paper added to two areas of the letter, neither affecting the text. With toning, a bit darker at edges.

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    My dear general

    How are you and your good family? I certainly hope in the full enjoyment of health. I had a very sick family throughout the Winter. Thank god they have all recovered and are now in good health, except Lucy Ann, who still continues much unwell. My cough remains very troublesome, but my general health has improved. My Daughter Mary will leave here in a few days to spend the Summer with Mrs. Breed at Charlestown when she will give Mrs. Dearborn a full history of all our family concerns. I regret to learn from Doct. Bates, who past [sic] through here a day or two since, that your Father was not well. I hope it is but a temporary indisposition. As the Reform has given you leisure, I hope that you and Mrs. Dearborn will pay us a visit this Summer. My wife joins me in earnest solicitation of your doing so. Our number is 318 Walnut Street, a house I lately purchased and a very comfortable one it is and delightfully situated.

    When I last saw you, I little expected we should live to see such an Age of Reform!!

    All my family unites with me in the most affectionate regard and best wishes for the health and happiness of you and yours.

    With undiminished attachment

    I am very affectionately yrs.

    Wm. Bainbridge

    William Bainbridge (1774-1833), born in Princeton, New Jersey, was a Commodore in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Barbary Wars as well as the War of 1812. During his Navy career, he commanded several famous vessels, including the USS Constitution, USS George Washington, and the USS Philadelphia. From 1824 to 1827, he served as on the Board of Navy Commissioners. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President James Madison in 1813 for his service in the War of 1812.

    Henry Alexander Scammel Dearborn (1783-1851), lawyer, author, statesman, and soldier, was the son of Major General and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn (1751-1829). Promoted to brigadier general of the Massachusetts Militia in 1814, he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature and Senate and in the U.S. Congress from 1831 to 1833.

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