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Gerry, James T. (1797-1854) to Ann T. Gerry

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09099.05 Author/Creator: Gerry, James T. (1797-1854) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: December 1839 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Desires to be a captain, and believes he may soon attain the role, though the Commodore, whom he dislikes, is making matters difficult for him. Describes Havana, Key West and the local flora, discusses slave traders and their evil ways. Believes he already does much of the work of a captain, and believes he should be promoted to the roll soon, though the Commodore may prevent this. Written on board the U.S.S. "Warren."

People: Gerry, Ann Thompson, 1753-1849.
Gerry, James Thompson, 1797-1854.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, Navy, Caribbean, Geography and Natural History, African American History, Global History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson