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Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) to William Jones

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.007 Author/Creator: Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 January 1813 Pagination: 3 p. ; 26 x 21 cm.

Written on board the homeward bound USS Constitution to Secretary of the Navy Jones regarding damages incurred during battle with the HMS Java as well as Bainbridge's own injuries. It was after this battle that the Constitution got the name "Old Ironsides."

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