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1851 letter tour of duty on the USS St. Mary's  

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1851 letter detailing tour of duty on the USS St. Mary's

Phillips, D.B.





1¼ pp. letter on 2 sides of a single sheet of blue paper. 25x19 cm (10x7½").

Letter from D.B. Phillips detailing his time on the USS St. Mary's, which sailed from Norfolk, VA in April 1848 and arrived in  New York on March 8, 1851. He mentions visiting San Francisco, Oregon, and The Sandwich Islands, among a number of other places. 

The second USS St. Mary's was a sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. St. Mary's was built in 1843-44 at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., was commissioned in the fall of 1844, Commander John L. Saunders in command.

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Original folds; light wear; very good or better.

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