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Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) Report of the Officers of the U.S. Frigate Constitution

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.006 Author/Creator: Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 February 1813 Pagination: 3 p. : engraving ; 26 x 21 cm.

Addressed to Secretary of the Navy William Jones. Written on board the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) in Boston Harbor. Evaluates the qualities and misgivings of the ship's officers and civilian crew during the War of 1812.

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