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Extensive naval report... Duel between Generals Smyth & Porter...



Item # 673018

December 30, 1812

BOSTON PATRIOT, Dec. 26 and 30, 1812 A nice pair of consecutive issues containing the full: "NAVAL REPORT" "Report of the Committee...Which Relates to the Naval Establishment Recommending an Increase of the Navy of the United States" dated Nov. 27, 1812.
The first portion takes 2 1/2 columns of the front page of the Dec. 26 issue & is signed in type: Paul Hamilton. The remainder takes half of the front page of the Dec. 30 issue, concluding on page 2. Photos show only portions of the full report.
Page 2 of Dec. 30 has: "Imprisonment of Seamen" being a report signed in type: James Monroe; then: "Pleasing Incident" concerning Capt. Jones and the Wasp; then a report on: "The Duel" providing the details of duel fought between Gen. Smyth and Gen. Porter after the latter charged the former with cowardice in battle. This is a fascinating incident, reported in Wikipedia: "...After the failed attack on Canada, Smyth was insulted by Brigadier General Peter B. Porter, who accused Smyth of cowardice. Smyth challenged Porter to a duel, but both men went unscathed...".
Also a chart on the "Accurate Votes" for President & Vice President.
Four pages, some loss at the spine of Dec. 30 not affecting any mentioned content, both issues are in generally nice condition.

Item from Catalog 304 (released for March, 2021)...

Category: War of 1812