Lot 513: American naval officer (1779–1820) who cemented a reputation as a hero for his leadership during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Manuscript DS, one page, 7.75 x 9.5, October 20, 1810. Decatur appoints James Wilson "to act as Sailing Master on board the U. States Frigate Essex." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page by another hand. In very good condition, with heavy creasing, soiling, and seal-related paper loss to integral address leaf. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Decatur bearing a facsimile signature. In May of 1810, Decatur became commodore of the southern station when he was appointed commander of the USS United States frigate, a vessel he had served aboard as a midshipman twelve years prior.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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