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ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/14/1871 - HFSID 33698

ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER Signed manuscript letter to Senator George Edmunds, indignantly refuting the reasons given by Congress for not funding construction of a new Hydrographic Office (1871). Important Manuscript Letter signed: "David D. Porter", 4 pages, 7½x10. Washington, D.C., 1871 February 14.

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ADMIRAL DAVID D. PORTER
Signed manuscript letter to Senator George Edmunds, indignantly refuting the reasons given by Congress for not funding construction of a new Hydrographic Office (1871).
Important Manuscript Letter signed: "David D. Porter", 4 pages, 7½x10. Washington, D.C., 1871 February 14. To U.S. Senator George F. Edmunds. In part: "Every officer in the Navy sees with great regret that the House Committee on Appropriations, have rejected the appropriation for the building of a Hydrographic Office for the preservation and distribution of charts to the Navy and Mercantile marine of this country...The argument against the erection of a new building is that Great Britain has surveyed all the oceans and supplies the world with charts. All the dangers of the sea will not be discovered for centuries to come and they are constantly increasing. Coral reefs are extending in every direction throughout the Pacific...." Admiral Porter continues attacking arguments against the building and giving reasons for it, concluding: "At the request of the officer in charge of the Hydrographic Office I take great pleasure in adding my recommendation to those already made that a new fire-proof building may be erected. I hope you will give the matter your earnest attention." Later in 1871, Secretary of the Navy George M. Robson directed the Hydrographic Office to set up a library containing works of hydrography, voyages of discovery, meteorology, marine surveying, etc. It is now the Naval Oceanographic Library. The building Porter favored was not erected; the Hydrographic Office was housed in the basement of the Navy Department. DAVID DIXON PORTER served under his father, Admiral David Porter, in the West Indies and in the Mexican Navy. During the Civil War, he commanded a mortar fleet under Admiral David Farragut at New Orleans and on the Mississippi (1862). Porter was promoted Rear Admiral in 1863 and Admiral in 1870. Republican GEORGE F. EDMUNDS represented Vermont in the U.S. Senate from 1866-1891. Folds, vertical fold touches middle "D". Fine condition.

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