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City, George W. (fl. 1850-1859) to J.B. Montgomery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.033 Author/Creator: City, George W. (fl. 1850-1859) Place Written: Panama Type: Letter Date: 27 April 1860 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26 x 21 cm. Order a Copy

To Flag Officer J.B. Montgomery, Commanding Pacific Squadron. Requesting letters of recommendation needed by Assistant Engineers Archer, City, and Dungan to present to the Board of Examing Engineers for promotions. According to an Act of Congress, a letter of recommendation is needed from the ship's commander that the assistant engineer served on when going before the board. However, such a letter was not possible due to the sudden detachment from the U.S.S. Frigate "Roanoke" at Boston which the three assistants had served on until that time. Indicates on the upper left hand corner that this leter is a copy.

Archer, Edward Richard, 1834-1918
City, George W., fl. 1859-1878
Dungan, W.W., fl. 1860-1878
Montgomery, J.B., fl. 1857-1860

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