• Admiral Chester Nimitz Provides Drake Cove Article To Yankee Publisher--Three Signatures

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    CHESTER WILLIAM NIMITZ (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was a fleet admiral in the United States Navy. He played a major role in naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief Ocean Areas commanding Allied air, land and sea forces.


    Offering an assemblage of Nimitz items, including an ALS (signed twice), a copy of Drake’s Cove inscribed by Nimitz to Robb Sagendorph, publisher of The Old Farmer’s Almanac and a copy of a letter (unsigned) from Sagendorph to Nimitz acknowledging receipt of the items.


    1 1/3 pp, ALS, from Nimitz on his official letterhead “Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy,” 6 January 1960, to Sagendorph as follows, “Thank you for your letter of Dec. 23d, 1959 and for the enclosures, particularly for the copy of ‘Yankee.’  Also—be informed that in years past Mrs. Nimitz and I have been interested readers of ‘The Old Farmer’s Almanac.”


    “I note your interest in Drake’s establishment of a camp in Nova Albion (New England) in 1579. Instead of trying to do an article for you – I enclose a copy of my article ‘Drake’s Cove’ – which covers the story. It was first published in ‘Pacific Discovery,’ and republished in its present form by the California Academy of Sciences. You may use this article in whole or in part provided you give appropriate credit to the following:

    (a)         The Drake’s Navigators Guild,

    (b)        Pacific Discovery and

    (c)         The California Academy of Sciences


    “With best wishes,


    “Sincerely –


    “CW Nimitz”




    “Please furnish me with three copies of publications using this material – for distribution – to


    “Drake’s Navigators Guild –


    “Pacific Discovery and


    “California Academy of Sciences


    “CW Nimitz”


    Expected toning to letters and article. Overall excellent condition and three Nimitz signatures.


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