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ISAAC CHAUNCEY. Manuscript LS: "I Chauncey" as Commander of the Mediterranean Squadron, 1¼p, 8x10 front and verso. U.S. Ship Washington, Leghorn Roads, 1817, July 14. "To Mr Israel Israel Junr/Midshipman on board/of the U.S. Sloop Peacock". In part: "I have received your letter of the 10th Inst. informing me that you had tendered your Warrant to Captain Rodgers and requesting permission to resign and return to the United States. You have my permission to return to the U.S. in any way that you think proper, and immediately on your arrival report yourself to the Honorable the Secretary of the Navy. Your warrant and resignation will be forwarded to to the Navy Department for the consideration of the Honorable Secretary". ISAAC CHAUNCEY (1772-1840) was an American naval commander who led forces on Lakes Ontario and Erie during the War of 1812. After the war ended early in 1815, Chauncey was placed in charge of the Portsmouth Navy Yard at Kittery, Maine. He was commanding the Mediterranean Squadron from 1816-1818, when this letter was written. Commodore Chauncey became President of the Board of Navy Commissioners in 1837. JOHN RODGERS, Captain of the President, referred to in this letter, fired the first shot of the War of 1812 in an engagement with British frigate Belvidera on June 23, 1812, three days after the declaration of war. The U.S. war sloop PEACOCK, Israel's ship, captured the brig Nautilus off Java on June 30, 1815, the last British ship taken by the U.S. in the last naval action of the War of 1812. Fragile condition. Tape remnants inexpertly repair separations at folds touching some words of text. Nicked, worn edges. Light show through of ink. Slightly shaded in some areas. Defects do not affect signature.

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Born: February 20, 1772
Died: January 27, 1840

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