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Letter Dated May 15, 1898, on the Stationery of the Hotel Warwick, Newport News, Virginia, from Detroit native Bert Russel of the USS Yosemite thanking his doctor grandfather for sending him quinine.

Newport News 1898 9 x 6, 1 sheet, soiling, creasing else good. Burt writes to his "dear Grandpa," Dr. George B. Russel of Detroit "I want to thank you for giving me the quinine pills. Our first week here was pretty cold and I had to use quinine constantly. . . Our work (cleaning and loading the ship) has been pretty hard . . . The Yosemite is a beautiful ship and when we get her well cleaned she will be quite comfortable . . . We leave for the New England coast tomorrow and it will be a relief to get away from here. We get up at 4:30 a.m. have a cup of coffee clean decks and bright work breakfast at 8:00 drills during the day, dinner at 1:00 p.m. and supper at 6:00. We have to turn in at 9 p.m. . . . This is probably our last shore-leave for weeks or months. . ." The USS Yosemite was originally a freighter that was purchased to be used for the war effort (former name El Sud). Bought on April 6, 1898, commissioned seven days later, retrofitted at League Island, Penn, and Newport News, Va., and on May 30, 1898 she left Newport News. The majority of the crew on the vessel was from Michigan, known as the Michigan Naval Brigade; several of its sailors were faculty, students or alumni of the University of Michigan and some in that group were members of the exclusive Detroit Club. Bert was both a club member and a University of Michigan graduate. The hotel whose stationery Bert used was in an area that was called "Hellís Half Acre" that catered to sailors.

Book Id: 99-1336

Price: $35.00

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