AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM JAMES HALSEY, STATIONED ON THE U.S.S. NORTH CAROLINA, POTOMAC RIVER, DATED JANUARY 27, 1825, TO THOMAS J. CHEW: "...WE HAVE BEEN BOXING ABOUT THE BAY & CAPES FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE WE REACHED HERE, WHERE WE HAVE BEEN 12 DAYS - WITHOUT HEARING FROM THE CAPITOL UNTIL THIS FORENOON. TOMORROW WE SHALL BE VISITED BY THE PRESIDENT, SECRETARIES OF STATES & NAVY & OTHERS OF THE BEAU MONDE... AFTER THEY LEAVE US, IT IS SAID WE SHALL RETURN IMMEDIATELY TO HAMPTON YARD TO TAKE IN THE REMAINDER OF OUR STORES, FILL UP WATER, & GET A NEW RUDDER. YOU MUST NOT BE SURPRISED THAT SUCH IS THE FACT, OUR RUDDER IS GONE, SPLIT JUST BELOW THE WATER. YOU NEED NOT SPEAK OF IT AS COMING FROM ME - THE COMMODORE DOES NOT KNOW IT YET, AS HE IS STILL AT WASHINGTON. "YOU MAY FORM SOME JUDGMENT WHEN WE SHALL GET TO SEA, IT WILL TAKE 3 WEEKS NEARLY OR QUITE TO FILL OUR WATER... REMEMBER ME WITH RESPECT TO MRS. CHEW & FAMILY. & ACCEPT THE ASSURANCE OF MY REGARD, Y

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