BENJAMIN W. CROWNINSHIELD. Manuscript LS: "B.W.
Crowninshield" as Madison's Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10. Navy
Department, 1815 April 1. To Lt. R.H.J. Perry, U.S. Navy, Present. In
full: "You will proceed to Newport, Rhode Island, and report yourself to
Captain Jno Orde Creighton for duty under his command." Addressed on verso
to: "Lt. R.H.T. Perry/U.S. Navy/Present." RAYMOND HENRY JONES PERRY
(1789-1826) was the second eldest of the illustrious seafaring Perry
brothers. Raymond, his elder brother Oliver Hazard Perry, and his younger
brother, Matthew Calbraith Perry, fought in the War of 1812 and did so at times
together. The three brothers all dedicated their lives to serving in the U.S.
Navy. BENJAMIN W. CROWNINSHIELD served as Secretary of the Navy
under Presidents Madison and Monroe (1814-1818). In 1813, JOHN ORDE CREIGHTON
became the Commander of the brig Rattlesnake, with the rank of
Master-Commandant, and was made Captain on April 27, 1816. In June 1807, he had
been on the frigate Chesapeake when it was attacked by the Leopard
and had also served on the President in 1811. Lightly creased with folds,
touching signature. Tackhead-size ink blots touch 2 words. Nicked edges, 1-inch
separation at folds at blank areas.
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