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Inventory of the Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records and Library, in Record Group 45.

All of these documents are located at the National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408, and all inquiries about these records should be made to them.

Appendix A

List of Subseries of Letters From Officers Commanding Expeditions (Entry 40)

  1. Correspondence Relating to Cruises of the Cyane, the Franklin, the Ontario, the Peacock, and the United States. January 1818-May 1827. 1 vol. 3 3/4 in.

    1. Copy of a letter from Capt. Jesse D. Elliott, commanding the Cyane, to the Military Chief of Buenos Aires concerning exchange of salutes, April 5, 1826.

    2. Correspondence (copies and originals) between Como. Charles Stewart, commanding the Franklin, and J. B. Prevost and Jeremy Robinson, agents of the Department of State, concerning affairs in Chile and Peru, October 1821-May 1824.

    3. Copies of correspondence between Capt. James Biddle, commanding the Ontario, and Chilean authorities, January-December 1818.

    4. Report from Thomas ap Catesby Jones, commanding the Peacock, May 14, 1827, with enclosures dated May 1826-May 1827, relating to commercial agreements between Jones, representing the United States, and the rulers of the Sandwich Islands and of Tahiti.

    5. Copies of correspondence between Como. Isaac Hull, commanding the United States and Peruvian authorities, April-September 1825.

    Some of the materials in this "Five Cruises Volume" would normally have been bound in "Captain's Letters"; others are records that would normally have been retained by the Department of State but were perhaps lent to the Navy Department and not returned. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication, T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, on roll 434.

  2. Letters From Comdr. William B. Finch, Commanding the Vincennes on a Voyage to Tahiti, Honolulu, Canton, and Manila, July 1829-April 1830. 1 vol. 2 1/2 in.

    A table of contents is included. The purpose of the voyage was to make commercial agreements with rulers of Pacific Islands. The first document in the volume is a copy, in the handwriting of Commander Finch, of an agreement between Capt. Thomas ap Catesby Jones, commanding the Peacock, and Pomene, King of Otaheite (Tahiti), September 1826. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 433.

  3. Letters Received Relating to Preparations for the Pacific Exploring Expedition, May 1836-August 1838 ("Exploring Expedition Letters"). 4 vols. 9 in.

    Letters from Capt. Thomas ap Catesby Jones, appointed to the command after the resignation of Captain Jones; from applicants for employment in the expedition; from employees discharged before it sailed; and from other interested persons. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication M75, Records of the U.S. Exploring Expedition Under the Command of Lt. Charles Wilkes, 1836-1842.

  4. Letters Received Relating to the Pacific Exploring Expedition Under the Command of Lt. Charles Wilkes (Flagship Vincennes), November 1837-July 1842 ("Wilkes Exploring Expedition"). 2 vols. 8 in.

    Chiefly reports from Lieutenant Wilkes, with a few letters from other members of the expedition and from persons who were not members. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication M75, Records of the U.S. Exploring Expedition Under the Command of Lt. Charles Wilkes, 1836-1842.

  5. Letters and Reports From Lt. William F. Lynch, Commanding an Expedition to the Dead Sea (Flagship Supply). 1 vol. 3/4 in.

    The final reports summarizing the expedition are dated February 3 and 28, 1849. See entry 409 for additional papers. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 438.

  6. Letters From Capt. Hiram Paulding, Commanding the St. Lawrence on a Cruise From Hampton Roads to Bremen, and Intervening Ports, September 1848-November 1850 ("Cruise of the St. Law."). 1 vol. 3/4 in.

    Indexed. Captain Paulding was charged with a mission to various European capitals. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 435.

  7. Letters From Comdrs. Cadwallader Ringgold and John Rodgers (Flagship Vincennes), Commanding the North Pacific Exploring Expedition, October 1852-July 1856. 5 vols. 11 in.

    1. "Surveying Expedition, Bering Strait, North Pacific and China Seas, Commo. Cadwallader Ringgold" (letters from Ringgold, October 1852-January 1855).

    2. Letters from Rodgers, succeeding Ringgold in command (2 vols., indexed, August 1854-July1 1856).

    3. "Report of Com. C. Ringgold, Movements & Operations of Surveying Exp. nder His Com. & Circumstances Attendant upon His Removal by Commodore Perry" (reports dated February 25 and April 6, 1855).

    4. "Addendum" to the preceding (December 21, 1855).

    These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication M88, Records Relating to the U.S. Surveying Expedition to the North Pacific Ocean, 1852-1863.

  8. Letters From Lt. Thomas J. Page (Flagship Water Witch), Commanding an Expedition to Survey the Rio de la Plata and the Rio Paraguay, January 1853-August 1856. 1 vol. 2 3/4 in.

    These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of teh Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 445.

  9. Papers Relating to the Exploration of the Coast of Darien (handwritten copies), April 1854-August 1858 ("Exploration of the Coast of Darien, U.S.S. Preble, T.A Jenkins, Com'dr"). 1 vol. 3/4 in.

    Table of contents included. Consists of a letter from Asst. Surgeon Henry C. Caldwell to the Secretary of the Navy, May 8, 1857; a report of an exploration under Comdr. J. C. Prevost of the HMS Virago, April 24, 1854; and letters from Lt. Tunis Augustus M. Craven, May 17 and August 14, 1858. The spine title is misleading, and the origin of the volume is not clear. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 444.

  10. Letters From Commander Daniel L. Braine, Commanding the Juniata on a Mission to Santiago de Cuba To Investigate the Seizure of the American Merchant Vessel Virginius (James Fry, Master) and the Imprisonment and Mistreatment of Her Officers and Crew, November-December 1873. 1 vol. 1 1/2 in.

    The Virginius had been seized on the high seas by the Spanish war steamer Tornado, on suspicion that she was carrying arms and ammunition to insurgents in Cuba. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 429.

  11. Letters From Como. Robert W. Shuffeldt, Commanding the Flagship Ticonderog on a Cruise Along the Coasts of Africa and Asia Through the Indian Ocean, October 1878-November 1880. 2 vols. 5 1/2 in.

    Commodore Shuffeldt was instructed to visit ports of Africa, Asia, and Oceania where no representatives of the U.S. Government were stationed and to take measures to promote commercial relations. These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 437.

  12. Letters and Telegrams Received Concerning the Loss of the Jeanette and the Rodgers in the Arctic Expedition Under the Command of Lt. Comdr. George W. De Long, July 1881-December 1883. 1 vol. 2 1/2 in.

    Table of contents included. Among the papers bound in this volume are "bottle papers" committed to the sea by survivors of the wreck of the two vessels and papers left in cairns. For logs and other letter books for the Jeanette Expedition, see entries 603 and 608. There are additional diaries and correspondence in the Navy Subject File, 1775-1910 (entry 502), file designation OC (special voyages) and NO (courts of inquiry).

  13. Correspondence of the Secretary of the Navy Relating to Disorders in Panama, February-June 1885. 1 vol. 4 in.

    Chiefly letters from Comdr. Bowman H. McCalla, commanding the U.S. Naval Force on the Isthmus of Panama, ending with his report dated June 8, 1885. Also bound in the volume are copies of letters sent by the Secretary, and letters received by him from the Secretary of State and others.

  14. Letters From Comdr. Purnell F. Harrington, Commanding the Juniata, Relating to an Investigation of Difficulties Between the Sultan of the Island of Johanna and Dr. B. F. Wilson, an American Citizen, September-December 1885. 1 vol. 3 1/4 in.

    These records have been reproduced in NARA Microfilm Publication T829, Miscellaneous Records of the Office of Naval Records and Library, roll 458.


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