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#396 - Matthew Perry

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ALS signed “M. C. Perry,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 12.75, June 22, 1824. Letter to his brother Capt. Raymond H. Perry, in part: “I have to congratulate you on the Receipt yesterday of a draft from the accountant on the Navy Agent here, for the sum of $83. 36/100 and the much larger sum of $190. 51/100 Recd from Chs W Goldsborough Esq. as your proportion of Prize money for the Capture of the Schooner Falcon in 1813—The last sum I have recd as agent of Mr Goldsborough, with my proportion (the same as yours) and that of Mr Warner…I shall transmit to you, a full Statement. Send by the return of mail Triplicate receipts, of the following exact forms—New York, June 22d 1824. Received of Chs W Goldsborough Esq through the hands of Matthew C. Perry the sum of one hundred and ninety six dollars 51/100 Being my proportion of Prize money for the Capture of the Schooner Falcon as per sums of $17–875 awarded by the Commissioners, under the Treaty between the United States and Spain…Thus you see my dear brother, that the Ebb tide of your fortune has ceased to run. The young flood has made your prospects begin to brighten, and it remains with yourself to disperse the gloom.” Perry then loosely quotes Brutus in Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’ in part, “‘There is a time, and tide, in the a[ffai]rs of men, when taken at the fl[ood] lead on to fortune.” Reverse of second page is addressed in Perry’s hand to “Raymond H. Perry Esq. / U S Navy / New London / Connecticut.” Intersecting folds (a vertical line passing through a single letter of the signature), scattered toning and a few creases, several areas of paper loss to second page affecting several words of text, and tape repairs to folds on reverse of second page, otherwise very good condition, with. During the War of 1812, the British Schooner Falcon was captured just north of the Azores by the 44-gun frigate USS President in June of 1813. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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