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Raymond Rogers’ Memorandum On The Chilean Navy

RAYMOND P. RODGERS (1849-1925) U.S. Naval officer who served as the Head of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Autograph “Memorandum on the Chilean Navy” Signed, “R.P. Rodgers.” Seven pages, 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. Accompanied by a one page 15 3/4” x9 3/4 ledger of armored and unarmored ships of Chile. Rodgers writes, in part: “ … The Navy of Chile is under the control of a Cabinet Officer … It is composed of two armored central battery ships, four steam corvettes, one steam gun-vessel, and one transport and surveying vessel. The Almivante Cochrane and the Blanco Eucalada, the two armored vessels, were built in England by John Peen & Sons about five years ago. They are broadsided vessels with central batteries. Their guns, of which there are six 12 1/2 ton … so placed to fire around the entire horizon. They are barque rigged, carry a considerable spread of canvas … These ships are built of iron, with double bottoms …. Their batteries are protected on the sides by 7 inches of armor … Their guns are placed in the battery so that two may be fired directly ahead, or so that three may be fired simultaneously on either beam … The guns as before mentioned are 12 1/2 M.dR. Armstrongs, mounted on the Scott carriage, and can be fired by electricity. In addition to their gun power these vessels are built for ramming … Their motor power consists of two pair of two-cylinder … trunk engines … each pair of which drives one of the two screw on the steam trial in England a speed of 12.82 knots … The two ships are identically the same, excepting that the Blanco Euculada is sheathed with zinc … The zinc plates have become so much wasted that it is said she will go to San Francisco to be docked … The General Higgins and Chacabuco, sister ships, were built in England about 12 years ago … Their maximum speed on trial in England was 13 knots, but their boilers are now in such a bad condition that the can make but 8 knots … The Esmeralda is an old vessel, built of wood, and has but little speed … The Covadanga, a small gun-vessel, was captured from the Spaniards in 66, and is now undergoing repairs … There is at present no Naval School. The Cadets are instructed at the Military School in Santiago, and after passing their examination are sent on board ship to learn the practical portion of their profession … The information herein collected was obtained from observations and conversation on board the Chilean men of war, they data given in the table, was gathered from the Office of Mayor-General in Valparaiso or on board the different vessels … ” The accompanying 15 3/4” x9 3/4 table, accomplished in Rodger’s hand, provides the following information for each Chilean vessel: “Name of Ship,” “Class,” “Material,” “Draught, Forward and Aft,” “Length between perpendiculars,’ “breadth of beam,” “Total displacement, tons,” “ Number & Kind of Guns,” “ Height of Battery above Water,” “Thickness of Armor at water-line,” “Builders,” “Indicated Horse Power,” “ Max Speed, knots per hour,” “Total cost of ship” and “Remarks.” Verso of this table contains a count of Chilean Naval personnel divided by rank. A great piece of naval history and intelligence gathering during the period between Chile's war with Spain and the Pacific War between Chile and Peru. Extremely Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1305
Topic: Naval History
Price: $450.00

Rear Admiral Thomas Slidell Rogers

Thomas Slidell Rogers (1858 – 1931). Naval Officer arising to the rank of Rear Admiral. Signed sheet “T. S. Rodgers, Rear Admiral, U.S.N.” Below, he has added “U. S. S. Utah, New York, Dec. 26, 1918.” Center fold. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-0088
Topic: World War I
Price: $45.00

Report For Guards At Fort Hamilton

Manuscript Document. One page, 9 ½” x 7 1/2". No place. June 9, 1812. The document is a “Report of a Guard mounted at Fort Hamilton June 9th 1812.” The document lists six individuals who guarded the barracks and rampart of the fort in two hour shifts from 8 until 2. Some minor paper loss and discoloration. While the cornerstone for Fort Hamilton was not officially laid until 1825, earlier batteries at the sight were in use from the Revolutionary War onward. During the Revolutionary War, a small American battery fired upon British troop ships, damaging the HMS Asia in the process. In the War of 1812, forts in the Narrows outside New York’s harbor played a role in dissuading British forces from moving on New York directly, perhaps saving the city from the destruction Washington, D.C. saw during the conflict. Our research indicates that this report appears to be for the above-mentioned Fort Hamilton, though verification remains difficult in light of the fact that construction of a permanent fort at this sight was not begun until 1825.
Catalog: # AM-1716
State: New York
Topic: War of 1812
Price: $245.00

Revolutionary War Pay Roll

CONTINENTAL SOLDIERS FROM RHODE ISLAND Manuscript Document. One page, 15 ½” x 12 ¼”. Sutton. January 15, 1778. “A Pay Roll of Capt. Joseph Sibley’s Company in Col. Danforth Keys Regiment for Bounty due from the Time of Each man Inlisting[sic] Until their service Ending; Excluding three Months Bounty they have Received.” 62 soldiers are listed as members of the company, which was stationed mostly in Providence and Kingston. Very Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1040
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $2000.00

Revolutionary War Soldier's Payment Note Benjamin Butler

--The 3rd Connecticut was authorized in September 1776 and organized in early 1777. The regiment was to have eight companies and was to operate in the Connecticut Highland’s Department. After the regiment was re-assigned to the Continental Army, the regiment was heavily involved in the New York Campaign. Following this campaign, the regiment fought in the Philadelphia Campaign and Battle of Monmouth. After the regiment’s battles in Pennsylvania, the group was part of a re-organization and was combine with the 4th Connecticut Regiment. This new group formed a significant portion of the new Connecticut 1st Regiment. The regiment was officially disbanded in 1783 in West Point, New York. --Benjamin Butler served in the Connecticut 3rd Regiment under Colonel Samuel Wyllys. Following Revolutionary War service, Butler became a very prominent and successful merchant. He owned a boat named “Betsey and Nancy” that shipped to the West Indies, especially St. Bartholomew.
Catalog: # AM-3085

Rhode Island Deputy Governor

JOSEPH WHIPPLE III. DS. 1 page. 7 ½” x 12 ½”. June 25, 1752. Partly-printed bond in which “Joseph Whipple of Newport in the County of Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island am held and firmly bound to Joseph Clark of James Town within the County & Colony aforesaid in the full and just sum of nine hundred forty nine pounds currenc money of the Colony aforesaid Old Tenor…” Some dampstaining. A rare colonial Rhode Island autograph signed while serving as Deputy Governor.
Catalog: # AM-1034
Topic: Political/United States

Robert Frost Signed Card

ROBERT FROST (1874-1963) American poet. 5" x 2 1/2" card Signed "Robert Frost Ann Arbor November 1925." Mounted below an image of Frost seated in a chair with his dog. Both items framed to an overall size of 16" x 20 1/2". Frost traveled to Ann Arbor in 1921 after accepting a $5,000 fellowship at University of Michigan. While there, he did not teach, but advised students and gave talks.
Catalog: # DC-28
State: Michigan
Topic: Literary
Price: $575.00

Roger Griswold Signs For Interest on State Notes

Roger Griswold (1762 – 1812). Governor of Connecticut, congressman. Document Signed. Commissioner of the Loan Office, Hartford, February 1, 1789. Griswold signs indicating receipt of certificates “being for interest on 9 State Notes…”
Catalog: # AM-3658
Price: $245.00

Rufus Choate Free Frank Signed Twice

Rufus Choate (1799-1859). U.S. Congressman and Senator from Massachusetts; Lawyer; Orator. 5 ¼” x 3”. Free Frank Address Leaf. Addressed to Mr. Augustus Story, Salem Mass. entirely in Choate’s hand. Signed twice by Rufus Choate, once at top right “Free R. Choate U.S. A. H. R.” and at lower left “office of R. Choate”. Post marked Washington City Dec. 3. Small tear at bottom center. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1684
State: Massachusetts
Topic: Free Franks
Price: $65.00

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