LS dated 13 September 1858. From Captain F. Forrest aboard USS St Lawrence to the Secretary of the Navy announcing the death of Asa Curtis.
Flag Ship St Lawrence,
Rio de Janeiro,
Sept. 13th 1858
Hon. Isaac Toucey,
Secretary of the Navy.
I regret that it is
my painful duty to announce to the
Department the death of Gunner
Asa Curtis, of this ship. He died
on the day before yesterday at the
Miserecordia Hospital, after a protracted
illness of several months.
His disease was one of long
standing, and during his sickness he
received the utmost care and attention;
and the best medical aid, both from
on shore, and the Flag Ship.
Mr Curtis was an excellent
and faithful officer, and by his strict
attention to his duties, merited as he
received, the approbation of his
At the time of his death, he was
the senior Gunner in the Navy.
He was buried on yesterday,
with the honors due his rank, deeply
and truly lamented by all, both
officers, and men.
I have the honor to be,
Very Respect[fully] Y[ou]r ob[edien]t ser[van]t
Com[mandin]g in Chief U. S. A[rmed] Forces
E[ast] Coast of S[outh] America