Asa Curtis, Gunner, USN


1794-1858

ALS dated 1 April 1837. Letter written aboard USS Independence requesting a survey of three gun breechings deemed unfit for service, followed by a written order by Captain William Jamesson for the survey. The second page confirms that the order had been carried out and is signed by the officers of the ship.

Letter requesting gun survey dated 1 April 1837 [page 1].

Letter requesting gun survey
dated 1 April 1837
[Page 1].

U.S. Ship Independence
April 1st 1837
Sir,
I respectfully request that a survey be held on
three gun Breechings which I deem unfit
for service.
Very Respectfully
Asa Curtis Gunner

To
Capt. Wm Jamesson
Com[mandin]g U.S. Ship Independence

Ashore
Wm Jamesson
Captain
Flag Ship Independence
Bay of Naples 31 Mar 1837
Gentlemen,
You will be pleased to
hold a strict and careful survey of
the Gun Breechings, specified in
the gunners application, and report
the result thereof, in triplicate, to the
Commander in Chief.
I am, Gentlemen
Respectfully
Your Ob[edien]t S[ervan]t
Charles W. Morgan
Commanding
U.S.h. Forces
Mediterranean

Lieut Ja[me]s. S. Henderson
Lieut W. R. McKinney}
Flag S[hip] Independence

Act[ing] Gun[ner] J. B. Breck
U.S.S. Cumberland
Bay of Naples

 

Letter requesting gun survey dated 1 April 1837 [page 2].

Letter requesting gun survey
dated 1 April 1837
[Page 2].

[Page 2]
U.S. Flag Ship Independence
Bay of Naples April 2nd 1837
Sir
In obedience to your order of the 1st of April
We have had a strict and careful survey
Upon the three new Breechings, and find the
Same, unfit for use - the Breechings having
Been cut, by some one, or more, of the crew.
We are respectfully
Your ob[edien]t Se[rvan]ts
Ja[me]s S Henderson
W R McKinney Lieut
Asa Curtis Gunner
Joseph B Breck
Act[in]g Gunner

To Commodore
Charlie W Morgan
Commanding US Naval Forces
in the Mediterranean

Approved
Charles W Morgan