Papers, 1833-1921.


Papers, 1833-1921.

Correspondence and other papers of and about Simon Fraser Blunt while serving on numerous ships including the U.S.S. "John Adams," U.S.S. "Mississippi," U.S.S. "Truxtun," and U.S.S. "Vincennes." Topics covered include the U.S. War with Mexico, 1845-1848, and yellow fever suffered at that time; the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842; the wreck of the ship "Winfield Scott" off of the coast of California in 1853; the cabinet of President James Knox Polk; cannibalism on the Fiji Islands; dueling while serving in the Mediterranean Sea at Mahan, Minorca; and the Liberian colony of freed slaves and the African slave-trade. Principal family correspondents include Ellen Lloyd Key Blunt, Mary Donald Fraser Randolph Weldon Blunt, and Rosa McDonald Blunt Peete. Other key correspondents are William Henry Aspinwall, Ogden Hoffman, John Young Mason, and Charles Wilkes.

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