One quarto leaf folded to four pages. Folded as mailed, about fine, in worn, good stampless cover bearing the a partial ship postmark, addressed to Miss Kate Ray in Annapolis from "Philip", dated July 45h, 1849 from the ship in Gibraltar. Easily readable with modest effort, Phillip writes to "My dear friend Miss Kate". After railing against a person named Crabb (possibly a rival for Kate's attentions) Philip describes the 21 day passage from Annapolis to Gibraltar, and mentions stopping at the Azores and Tangiers, where "I had the opportunity to go ashore after the American Consul ... I was surrounded by thousands of the most heathenish and barbarous looking individuals I ever saw, worse than the natives of the Pacific Islands." He also mentions "I was at Tangier in 1844 when the French bombarded it - the effects of that terrible bombardment are still plainly visible." He urges her to follow his journey on the map. He also gives a modest description of Gibraltar, and also commands her to give various young women kisses on his behalf. Kate (Katherine Hyde Ray 1835-1910) was the daughter of U.S. Navy Surgeon Hyde Ray. She later married merchant Samuel Hurlbut. . (Inventory #: 410849)
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