LIEUTENANT DAVID G. FARRAGUT, USN SIGNED LETTER

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Dated “U.S. Ship Erie / Pensacola Bay / January 12, 1839.” Addressed to “N.C. Bryant Lt. Comdg.” One page in ink on unlined paper, 8” x 10. Exhibits fold marks & light soiling along reverse fold-lines, w/one chip of bottom margin. Else VG.

In this letter, 38 year-old Lieutenant Farragut extends his compliments to fellow Lieutenant N.C. Bryant serving under him, assuring the latter that his testimony to Bryant’s board of examiners will be commendatory. Text as follows:

Sir…In taking leave of you, I am reminded of a duty which at all times to me one of the most pleasant that fall to the lot of a Commander viz: the bearing testimony to the officer-like character & moral worth of those of those placed under my command. In obedience to this duty, it affords me the greatest pleasure to say to the Honorable Examiners that while we were associated together, you conduct was such as to meet my entire approbation, attentive & vigilant as an officer at all times, moral & correct as a gentleman & I shall always be most happy to be associated with you in either public or private life / I am Sir/ Your Obt. Servt / David Farragut.”

David Glasgow Farragut became a naval flag officer during the American Civil War. In fact, he was the first U.S. Navy Rear-Admiral, Vice- Admiral and Admiral. He is best known for his victory at Mobile Bay and the paraphrasing of his famous order: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

Solid U.S. Naval collectible. In protective sleeve.  [JP] [PH:L]

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