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Parsons, Usher

Battle of Lake Erie: A Discourse Delivered Before the Rhode-Island Historical Society on the Evening of Monday, February 16, 1852 [Millard Fillmore]

Published at the request of the society; Albro: Providence 1853 9 x 5.5", printed sewn wraps, 36pp, comes with custom box by W. Root and Jon London for Charles E. Lauriat Co., Boston, blue marbled boards, dark blue leather spine with gilt lettering. Covers toned, contemporary ink inscription and tiny ink stain, rear cover has a small repaired edge tear, vertical crease which also affects the text, front cover splitting from bottom edge approx. 2", spine area chipped and missing small pieces top and bottom, contents have light corner creasing, thread lacking from center, other threads loose. one tiny edge tear else very good, box is edgeworn. The discourse is a very detailed account of the Battle of Lake Erie. Dr. Parsons was the sole surgeon tending to the wounded on the USS Lawrence, out of the one hundred and one men aboard her, eighty-three were killed or wounded. Of special interest was the action or lack of action by the USS Niagara, commanded by Captain (J.D.) Elliot. Parsons writes "The officers of the small vessels came on board the (USS) Lawrence on the second evening from the battle, and all of them, without exception, expressed but one opinion of the conduct of Elliott, in keeping out of the battle, that he held back more than two hours from engaging his antagonist of the Queen..." Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry did not allude to this event in his report perhaps because in a letter to a close friend he quoted a British admiral who said "It is better to screen a coward, than to let the enemy know there is one in the fleet." There was a rumor than the reason he held back was that he could sail in at the end of the battle and personally claim the battle victory instead of Commodore Perry. The controversy over Elliott's actions lasted for years. In N.U.C. and Sabin. Not in Wright Howes. Inscribed on the front cover "His Excellency Millard Fillmore with the author's respects". This copy is the extremely SCARCE FIRST EDITION, AND MILLARD FILLMORE'S COPY.

Book Id: 99-3817

Price: $1,500.00

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