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1860 Naval Cadet Letter
Cadet Life and Parade Before Governor
 
1860 Naval Cadet Letter<br>Cadet Life and Parade Before Governor Quantity in Basket: None
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This interesting 3- page letter, dated November 25th, 1860, was written by a young naval cadet during his training at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Written to his parents, he first thanks them for a letter that he had received from them, and then invites them to stop and see him on their way to Texas as "... it will be a long time before I shall meet with you again ...". He tells them that "... I hardly think you will know me when you see me next with jacket vest and pants of blue and nearly covered with brass buttons and gold anchors ...", as well as other changes, presumably in his actions and bearing. He then states that "... We had a grand parade in the Academy yard in the yard on Wednesday. The Governor of Maryland and Staff and the Baltimore City-Guards were received by the Midshipmen and it was a grand sight to see 300 Blue Jackets with arms going through the evolutions. I like this life better every week ...". In mentioning his fellow classmates he writes "... I find that the sons of the great political and of military and naval men are no smarter than the sons of the poorest and the most worthy men of our country. There are young men from all parts of the Union and a great many kinds of characters yet there is always perfect politeness among us between gentlemen ..." (one can only wonder how many would leave and go South at the outbreak of the war). He must have been aboard one of the training ships (possibly the USS Constitution) as he writes later "... Hammocks have been carried below and all are busy studying for tomorrows recitations ...". He closes his letter by stating "... If you have not received the report from Capt Blake yet you had better send to Rome to see if it is there laying in the P. O. I want to keep them so as to be able in time to come to look back on my past conduct ...", and signs "... From your Affect Son Philip" (sadly no last name is present for further identification).

Written in period brown ink on lined paper, this letter is in very fine condition, with the expected folds and creases present. There are several very small separations along the folds, one or two affecting the written words (no paper is missing). The contrast between the ink and paper is sharp and bold, with the penmanship being fairly easy to decipher (a transcription of the letter is included with purchase). Measuring approximately 7.25 x 9.75 inches, this intriguing pre-war letter would make a great addition to any naval collection and possibly, with some research, the author could be identified.


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