Stephen Decatur Autograph Letter of Introduction Signed. One page, 7.75" x 10", Washington, May 28, 1818. Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), a veteran of the First and Second Barbary Wars, the Quasi-War, and the War of 1812, writes this letter of introduction to Secretary of the Navy Benjamin W. Crowninshield (1772-1851), in part:

    "The bearer Edwart Brandt a young gentleman . . . connected from Baltimore has requested an introduction to you, & I feel great pleasure in affording it to him, he is an applicant for the appointment of midshipman, which if he cannot obtain at this time, he is anxious to have his name registered as an applicant."

    Docketing on the verso, in a second hand (possibly Crowninshield's) is apparently in reference to the lad: "15 years old / appears modest & unassuming, rather promising intelligent & active / May 22d 1818." Small spot of staining, but not affecting the text. Buckling at the lower edge. With a 6.5" x 9" engraved portrait of Decatur.

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