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    USS Constitution Sundry and Maintenance Receipts (2). Each is a single page, partly printed document, 17" x 5.25"; Boston, Massachusetts. The first receipt is numbered "1" and is dated September 14, 1798. In full: "Received of Henry Jackson, Naval Agent for the United States, at Boston, at Sundry times Two hundred & twenty one Dollars & sixty two cents in full for Sundry Mast & Spar Work (spare) for the United States Frigate Constitution per bill for which I have signed triplicate Receipts of the same tenor and date. Harris & Cary."

    The second receipt is numbered "3" and is dated September 18, 1798. The receipt reads in full: "Received of Henry Jackson, Naval Agent for the United States, at Boston, at Sundry times eleven hundred & forty three dollars & ninety seven cents, in full for sundry block & gunnery work for the United States Frigate Constitution, per accnt. rendered & settled this day for which I have signed triplicate Receipts of the same tenor and date. Jona. Balch." From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: The receipts are in fine condition; receipt number "3" has dealer's pricing in pencil at top.


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    In 1794, Congress authorized the construction of the first six warships to comprise the new United States Navy. One of the six, the 44-gun USS Constitution, was built in a shipyard in the North End of Boston. Completed in October 1797, the Constitution embarked on her first cruise the next year as the Quasi-War with France emerged. The Constitution was ordered to sea on July 22, 1798 to patrol the Eastern seaboard between New Hampshire and New York, on the lookout for armed French ships preying on merchant vessels. On September 8, 1798 the Constitution captured her first prize off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. These receipts was issued soon after the capture.  Later she served in engagements with pirates off the Barbary Coast in the Mediterranean. The Constitution is best known for her service during the War of 1812 in which her crew defeated four British frigates during three separate engagements. She earned the nickname "Old Ironsides" because cannon fire from enemy ships was not able to penetrate her strong oak hull. The vessel's copper sheathing was made by Paul Revere. The vessel underwent numerous repairs before and after her various voyages.  Today the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy currently operates the ship as a historic site in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the National Park Service.



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