Partly-printed DS, one page, 21.25 x 16.5, June 11, 1877. Four-language ship's papers issued to "J. G. Baker, Jr., master or commander of the Bark Reindeer...lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for a whaling voyage and laden with Provisions Utensils and Stores for a whaling voyage." Signed in the fourth panel by Grant as president and countersigned by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Double-matted and framed with a portrait of Grant to an overall size of 33.5 x 23.5. In very good condition, with several repaired separations and areas of paper loss, and a stain along the central vertical fold. The seal is heavily worn, but intact. Several years after this voyage, Baker was brought before a grand jury for brutally beating a seaman. Oversized.
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