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Commodore Matthew C. Perry and the Opening of Japan
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Related Resources:

Commodore Matthew C. Perry and the Opening of Japan
Biography of Commodore Matthew C. Perry
Matthew C. Perry and the Opening of Japan Bibliography

 Sailors unload boat howitzers for escort duty in Japan with Commodore Matthew C. Perry, U.S. special envoy and commander in chief of naval forces in the East Indian seas. This view appears on the front endpapers to John A. Dahlgren's Boat Armament of the U.S. Navy, 1856 edition.
Sailors unload boat howitzers for escort duty in Japan with Commodore Matthew C. Perry, U.S. special envoy and commander in chief of naval forces in the East Indian seas. This view appears on the front endpapers to John A. Dahlgren's Boat Armament of the U.S. Navy, 1856 edition.
  Documents from the Expedition:

1) 17 page draft from Captain Henry A. Adams to Commodore Matthew C. Perry.
2) 23 pages of "Notes of conferences at Simoda [Shimoda]," dated 1 February 1855.
3) Memo dated 20 February 1855.
4) List of presents for the Emperor.
5) 2 Chinese "cards" of August 1873.
6) Map of Kama Koura.
7) ALS dated 7 April 1852 from Commodore Perry to Captain Adams.
8) LS dated 12 July 1856 from Baynard Taylor to Captain Henry A. Adams.
9) LS dated 9 January 1855 from Joel Abbot to Captain Adams.
10) Japanese "letter with presents."
11) Small sheet with various notes.
12) Diamond Sutra - Japanese text of Buddhist Sacred Works or Sacred Teachings - inscribed with signature of John Rodgers, USN, USS Vincennes, Simona, Japan, May 20, 1855.

Documents concerning Matthew C. Perry, unrelated to the Expedition to Japan:

1) ALS dated 9 January 1835, Navy Yard. To Congressman Charles G. Ferris. Regarding the Navy Bill, his three year cruise, etc. Denounces Congress for not allowing reimbursement of money he spent.
2) ALS dated 4 April 1839, Washington, D.C. To Captain Thomas Stephens, USN, Philadelphia. Regarding Perry's efforts to establish a naval school of gunnery.
3) ALS dated 8 July 1847, USS Mississippi. To his daughter, J. B. ("Belle") Perry.


20 December 2006