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    Early Ocean Passage Letter, circa 1750-1800. Three-page letter describing a horrendous ocean passage, no names or dates, but referencing Philadelphia. Rare first-hand account of an early Atlantic Ocean passage, probably penned in the mid-1700s. In part: "Dr. Sir, I have the extreme satisfaction of announcing my arrival in my native land after a boisterous passage of 42 days... on the 9th April the squalls were so heavy that nearly all our hopes of reaching land were extinct... so strong did it blow that it threw the ship on her beam ends, carried away the fore yard, sprung the fore and main top masts & jib boom, & blew the sails into 10,000 pieces." Letter is significantly damaged with extensive ink burn, resulting in several areas of paper loss and fold separation. Poor condition.

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