loading..

REAR ADMIRAL HENRY HAYWOOD BELL - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1868 - HFSID 218039

ADMIRAL HENRY H. BELL Admiral Henry H. Bell signed this manuscript letter, written in Hingo Japan in 1868, as commander of the U. S. Navy's Asiatic Fleet. In it, he instructs a ship commander to send all future communications to him to Hong Kong.

Sale Price $960.00

Reg. $1,200.00

Condition: See item description
PSA / JSA Authentication Guarantee
Free U.S. Shipping
Chat now or call 800-425-5379

ADMIRAL HENRY H. BELL
Admiral Henry H. Bell signed this manuscript letter, written in Hingo Japan in 1868, as commander of the U. S. Navy's Asiatic Fleet. In it, he instructs a ship commander to send all future communications to him to Hong Kong. Bell was Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron for two years during the American Civil War. He wrote this letter less than two weeks before drowning near Hyogo, Japan.
Manuscript letter signed "H.H. Bell" as Rear Admiral, Commanding, U. S. Asiatic Squadron. 1 page, 8x10, ruled paper, docketed on verso. U.S. Flagship Hartford, Hingo, Japan, Jan. 1, 1868. Addressed to Commander J.C. Febiger commanding the USS Ashuelot, Shanghai, China. In full: "Sir: After the reception of this letter, You will please address all communication tome [sic] at Hong Kong, Care of the US Naval Storekeeper. I am Very Respectfully". Noted at top left: "Duplicate. Original sent Via/Hong Kong, Per HBM.S. 'Basilisk'". Bell drowned on Jan. 11, 1868 when his boat was overturned in heavy seas while heading for shore at Japan's Hyogo. HENRY H. BELL (1808-1868) entered the U. S. Navy as a midshipman in 1823 and spent the next 45 years of his life in the service. He was aboard the USS Grampus when it fought pirates off the Cuban coast in the early 1820s and, during the American Civil War, as Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron as a commodore. In August of 1865, Bell sailed for the Far East to re-establish the East India Squadron (later the Asiatic Squadron), which had been inactive since its warships had returned to the American East Coast during the Civil War; he was promoted to rear admiral in 1866. While in Asia, he captured and destroyed four barrier forts near Canton, China (now Guangzhou) and anchored in the bay of Osaka, Japan to pressure the Japanese government to open Hyogo Port. Commander JOHN C. FEBIGER commanded the Ashuelot of the Asiatic squadron from 1866-1868. Lightly toned and creased. Manuscript writing touches signature. Manuscript writing, but not signature, is lightly spotted in places but is legible. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

This website image may contain our company watermark. The actual item does not contain this watermark

See more listings from these signers
Make an offer today and get a quick response
Check your account for the status.

Following offer submission users will be contacted at their account email address within 48 hours. Our response will be to accept your offer, decline your offer or send you a final counteroffer. All offers can be viewed from within the "Document Offers" area of your HistoryForSale account. Please review the Make Offer Terms prior to making an offer.

If you have not received an offer acceptance or counter-offer email within 24-hours please check your spam/junk email folder.

 

World-Wide Shipping

Fast FedEx and USPS shipping

Authenticity Guaranteed

COA with every purchase

Questions Answered 24/7

Contact us day or night

Submit Offers

Get a quick response