Item #013389 MUMFORD MEMOIRS BEING THE STORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND MUMFORDS FROM THE YEAR 1655 TO THE PRESENT TIME. James Gregory M. D. Mumford, U. S. Navy Commodore John Barry, USS Alliance.
MUMFORD MEMOIRS BEING THE STORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND MUMFORDS FROM THE YEAR 1655 TO THE PRESENT TIME
MUMFORD MEMOIRS BEING THE STORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND MUMFORDS FROM THE YEAR 1655 TO THE PRESENT TIME
MUMFORD MEMOIRS BEING THE STORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND MUMFORDS FROM THE YEAR 1655 TO THE PRESENT TIME

MUMFORD MEMOIRS BEING THE STORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND MUMFORDS FROM THE YEAR 1655 TO THE PRESENT TIME

Boston: Privately printed by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, 1900. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Ownership copy of Thomas J. Mumford, with his bookplate dated 1907 New York, designed by S. Hollyer. With the prospectus for the book laid in, plus No. 7 of the Old South Leaflets, "Cotton Mather's Lives of Bradford and Winthrop" (two other noted colonial families) with assorted newspaper clippings relating to both families. Most importantly tipped-in at the rear fly is letter dated 22 May 1782, Norwich (Connecticut), from Thomas Mumford to Captain John Barry of the frigate Alliance in New London pledging his support to Barry to supply food ("salt beef") and other provisions for his ship, signed "your very obedient T. Mumford". John Barry (1745 - 1803) was an Irish-born American naval officer who served in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War. He has been credited by some as "The Father of the American Navy", sharing that moniker with John Paul Jones and John Adams, and was appointed as a captain in the Continental Navy on December 7, 1775. Barry was the first captain placed in command of an American warship commissioned for service under the Continental flag. After the Revolutionary War, he became the first commissioned American naval officer, at the rank of commodore, receiving his commission from President George Washington in 1797. (Source: Wikipedia) During Barry's command of the Alliance - the time of Mumford's letter -Barry was seriously wounded in 1781during her capture of HMS Atalanta and Trepassey. And it was the Alliance under his command that fought and won the final naval battle of the American Revolution 140 miles south of Cape Canaveral, FL on March 10, 1783. Covers showing some edgewear, episodic foxing (mostly to the prospectus), and some newspaper articles affixed to the front fly and rear endpapers (a review of the book, and articles about Commodore Barry). Very Good. Item #013389

Price: $750.00