• Naval Commander Voorhees Signs USS John Adams Military Document; Additional Letter

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    Offering a document and an ALS related to the highly important USS JOHN ADAMS, which was built in 1799 as a frigate for the United States Navy, converted to a corvette in 1809 and later converted back to a frigate in 1830.  She fought in the Quasi-War, the First and Second Barbary Wars, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. 


    The document, one-page, 9 x 14 ½, is signed by PHILIP FALKERSON VOORHEES, as F. Voorhees, and EDWARD T. DUNN (the ship’s purser) April 30th, 1833, and is the monthly return of officers and crew on board the ship.


    VOORHEES (February 23, 1792 – February 23, 1862) was an officer in the U.S. Navy who served during the War of 1812 and took part in the capture of the HMS Macedonian for which he received a silver medal from congress.  He was promoted to lieutenant on December 9, 1814, to commander on April 24, 1828, and to captain on February 28, 1838.  In December 1843, Voorhees joined Commodore Daniel Turner’s Brazil Squadron, blockading Montevideo to safeguard U.S. trade during the Uruguayan Civil War.  On September 29, 1844, he captured Argentine schooner that delivered mail to the Argentine commanding officer.  For that activity, he was tried by court martial in 1845, but the sentences of these courts were not approved. Voorhees was suspended for four months in 1847, but President Polk restored him to his full rank and give him command of the East India Squadron, a group of American ships focused on protecting American interests in the Far East.


    The ALS, 7 ¾ x 9 ½, was written by James Palmer, U.S. Schooner Shark, November 18, 1834, and is addressed to Commodore Daniel Patterson, Comdg. The U.S. Naval Forces. It reads, “I have the honor respectfully to apply for the mastership of the U.S.S. John Adams.”


    Folds, toning. One small archival tape repair to the letter.


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