REAR ADMIRAL WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1910 - HFSID 270809
Sale Price $288.00
WINFIELD SCOTT SCHLEY. Autograph Letter signed: "W. S. Schley", 1p, 5¼x6¾ with blank integral leaf. Washington, D.C., 1910 March 10. To Mr. Parida [?] Maxwell, New York, N.Y. In full: "I beg to acknowledge receipt of check for third installment of personal recollections. I have made good progress and have in fact [1 word illegible] the whole scheme. Chapter V ought to reach you in a day or two and I think contains interesting matter. I find some little difficulty in condensing the personal remembrances of fifty years into fifty thousand words not having the gift of thinking quite how to do it. Very truly yours". A Union naval officer during the Civil War, Winfield Scott Schley (1839-1911) commanded the Greely rescue expedition in the Arctic in 1884. He was second in command to W.T. Sampson in commanding the naval force blockading Santiago de Cuba in the Spanish-American War, Schley commanding the "flying squadron" of cruisers. Commodore Schley directed the action that destroyed the Spanish fleet in Sampson's absence on July 3, 1898, resulting in a controversy over the credit for the victory. Both men were promoted to Rear Admiral in 1899. Schley's autobiography, Forty-five Years under the Flag, was published in 1904, so he must have been working on another account here. Lightly creased and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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