LS dated 12 November 1844. Letter of reference signed by W. M. Crane to Secretary of the Navy J. Y. Mason.
12 Nov 1844
Mr Asa Curtis, Gunner in the
Navy, has requested that I would give
my opinion of him to the Department.
This officer entered the Navy in
1812, was on board the Constitution
at the capture of the British frigates
"Guerriere" and "Java"; he afterwards
served with me five years - two at
the Boston Navy Yard, and three
years at sea on board two ships
of the line and a frigate. I found
him a capable and meritorious officer,
and I take pleasure in recommending
him to the notice of the Department.
I have the honor to be
Yo[ur] ob[edient] serv[an]t
W. M. Crane
Hon. J. Y. Mason
Sec[retar]y of the Navy