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    William Allen Autograph Letter to Secretary of the Navy Signed "W. Allen of Ohio". One page of a bifolium, 8" x 10", April 27, 1834, addressed to Hon. Levi Woodbury, "Will the Secretary of the Navy be so good as to inquire [illegible] whether the part of the midshipman in the Navy could be obtained at this time for a youth in Ohio - and oblige". Together with an engraved portrait of William Allen, 5.25" x 8.75".,. Allen served as a Representative for Ohio from 1833 to 1835.

    This period saw numerous changes in the structure and education within the U.S. Navy, and Woodbury sought better instruction for midshipmen. Ultimately his support, along with others to follow, would lead to the establishment of a naval academy.

    Condition: Letter toned along mail fold, paper loss on verso. Portrait has some light foxing, toned at bottom. "222/6" written in pencil at bottom.

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