Historical archive of twenty-six (26) items relating to John Morley Hudson, Captain of the miniature ship "The Red White and Blue," which in 1866 became the smallest ship ever to cross the Atlantic. Includes log, letters, Navy correspondence, silver ship's horn, signed certificates and a Currier and Ives lithographed portrait of The Red White and Blue. 1st item: Handwritten manuscript," The Log and Voyage of the We Ship Red-White-and Blue!! The Smallest Ship that Ever Crossed the Atlantic! The First Full Account of Her Passage And Subsequent History in Europa Also Up to Her Arrival Back in New York," written and compiled by John M. Hudson, Captain of the Red-White-and-Blue and the Originator and Promoter of the Enterprise, circa 1866-1868. Quarto, 249 handwritten pages, string bound brown paper covers. Documents Hudson's historic trip across the North Atlantic from New York to London, including transcriptions of articles about the voyage that appeared in English Newspapers and Magazine, his experiences at the Crystal Palace, a personal interview that he had with Emperor Louis Napoleon concerning the voyage and the ship's admittance into the Paris Exposition Universal of 1867, and his return to New York. 12 5/8" H x 8" W x 1" D. 2nd item: Silver plated presentation horn inscribed "Capt John M Hudson/Ship Red White & Blue/2 Tons 38/100 Register/Made Passage From/New York to Margate/in 38 Days". 17 3/4" H x 5 5/8" dia. 3rd item: United States of America Department of Navy honorable discharge proclamation signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, March 7, 1861-March 4, 1869, dated September 15, 1865, stating that John Morley Hudson, Acting Ensign, Brooklyn, NY "…Having served with fidelity in the United States Navy from the 12th day of May 1864 to the present date, [is] hereby honorably discharged with the thanks of the Department". Includes envelope. 18" H x 11 7/8" W. 4th item: ALS. One page handwritten letter. From Richard W. Thompson, Secretary of the Navy, March 13, 1877-December 20, 1880, to Captain John Morley Hudson, Care American Lloyd, New York, dated January 24, 1879. Secretarial written on Navy Department, Washington, DC stationary, the letter refers to a previous request by Captain Hudson for a copy of a letter from September 15, 1865. 5th item: ALS. One page handwritten bifolium. From Pierre Guillaume Frederic le Play, Counselor of the State, Commissioner General, Paris, France, to Captain John Morley Hudson, of the Red White and Blue, dated July 23, 1867. The letter, written in French on Exposition Universalle de 1867 a Paris, Commission Imperiale stationary, discusses the ship's entry status in the exposition. 6th item: Bifolium Copy of the List of the Crew of the Ship Red-White-and-Blue completed by John Morley Hudson, master of the ship, taken from the original on file in the office of the Custom House, signed by Hudson and a Collector for the Custom House, dated July 9, 1866. The interior of the document states that the ship is bound for London and lists two people, one of them being Hudson, age 39, the other listed under the name of F.E. Fitch, age 26. Folded – 16 1/2" H x 9 1/2" W. Unfolded – 16 1/2" H x 18 3/4" W. 7th item: Currier & Ives hand colored lithograph titled "The Miniature Ship Red, White, and Blue", New York, circa 1868. Title and additional information about the ship, lower center. Print is mounted to card stock. Matted and housed under glass in a giltwood frame with egg and dart rabbet edge. Sight – 10 1/2" H x 15" W. Framed – 20 3/4" H x 25 1/2" W. 8th item: Spanish-American War era ALS copy. One page double-sided handwritten letter. From Captain John Morley Hudson, Brooklyn, NY, to John Davis Long, Secretary of the Navy, March 6, 1897-April 30, 1902, dated July 9, 1898. The letter expressed Hudson's wish to "…again [volunteer] to aid in maintaining the Honor of our Flag and Country, [and to] very respectfully solicit the appointment of Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and to command of such scout vessel, or other duty, which, as the Honorable Secretary may deem proper to entrust to one of varied experience". Hudson elaborates upon his experiences, beginning with his honorable discharge from the from the United States Navy on September 15, 1865, his expeditions with the "Red-White-and-Blue" including "across the North Atlantic ocean from New York to London, and thence, to the Paris Exposition Universal of 1867, to which latter place, [the ship] was admitted by special permission by Emperor Louis Napoleon", expeditions as a blockade runner and commander of the Steamer "James Woodall" (Roloff) Expedition, July 24, 1895, in Cuba, and more. 9th item: Civil War era American Ship Masters' Association certificate stating that John Morley Hudson "has been registered by the Association as an Approved Shipmaster…and is to terminate if not Renewed Annually", dated February 14, 1862. Signed by seven members of the association council, including the secretary and the president. Signatures indicating that it was renewed in 1881, 1883, 1884, and 1885, below. Mounted on linen backing. 11" H x 14" W. 10th item: United States Inspectors Certificate to Masters stating that John Morley Hudson "…has given satisfactory evidence to the undersigned Local Inspectors of Steam Vessels for the District of New York that he is a skillful Master of steam vessels and can be entrusted to perform such duties upon the water of the Coast of the United States on the Atlantic Ocean or any Ocean Steamer and pilot of the same", dated April 17, 1883. Signed by the Inspector of Hulls and the Inspector of Boilers, lower right. Notation indicating that Hudson passed the examination for color-blindness, en verso. 8 3/8" H x 9 7/8" W. 11th item: One page typed letter with facsimile signature. From the Chief of Bureau, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC, to John Morley Hudson, Brooklyn, NT, dated July 12, 1898. The letter acknowledges the receipt of Hudson's application of the 9th instant for the appointment as Line Officer. 12th-13th items: Two (2) copies, one (1) vellum, one (1) heavy paper, for the State of New York, City and County of New York, United States of America citizenship admittance document, dated January 18, 1877, stating that John Hudson "…appeared in the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of New York…and applied to the said Court to be admitted to become a Citizen of the United States of America…It was Ordered by the said Court that the said applicant be admitted to become a Citizen of the United States of America". Both signed by the court clerk, lower right. Both copies with notation and signature by the notary public, en verso. Vellum – 14" H x 17 1/2" W. Heavy paper – 11 5/8" H x 9" W. 14th item: Marriage license issued by William Hucket, Presbyterian Minister in the City of Brooklyn of the Diocese of New York, stating that John Morley Hudson and Sarah Ann Saward were joined together in Holy Matrimony on August 8, 1856. Signed by Hucket with three witness signatures, including General F. Saward, presumably the bride's father. 13 5/8" H x 10 1/2" W. 15th-17th items: Three (3) St. Mary's Church, Brooklyn, New York baptismal certificates for Hudson's three daughters, Fannie, dated January 1, 1865, Sarah Anne, dated December 25, 1869, and Selina, dated July 13, 1874. 18th-23rd items: Six (6) documents pertaining to the National Society Daughters of the Union 1861-1865, including three (3) certificates of membership issued to Hudson's three daughters, two (2) receipts for insignia, and one (1) ALS, one page handwritten letter, from Hattie S. McDowell, Registrar General for the Society, to the Hudson sisters, dated May 23, 1931. 24th-25th items: Two (2) printed documents including one (1) titled "The Red, White and Blue" circular, published in the New-York Herald, Wednesday, November 18, 1868, and one (1) titled "Mind-Your-Helm or Laws of Passing Vessels" written and collated by John M. Hudson. 26th item: One (1) Gravestone receipt and envelope address to Miss Selena Hudson, dated December 15, 1937. All items third quarter 19th/second quarter 20th century. Provenance: descended in the family of Captain Hudson's wife, Sarah Ann Saward, to present consignor. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with toning, tears, foxing spots, dampstaining, etc. to be expected from age. 1st item: Writing in good, legible condition. Brown paper covers with tears, flaking, to edges. 2nd item: Tarnish, dents to surface of horn. 3rd item: Welles signature in overall very good condition. Foxing spots, tears, largest 1 1/8", to document (does not affect signature). 4th item: Thompson signature in overall good condition. 5th item: Toning impressions. 6th item: Signatures in overall good condition. 7th item: Toning/acid burn. Print is mounted to card stock. 9th item: Signatures in overall good condition. Mounted on linen backing. 10th item: Signatures in overall good condition. 12th-13th items: Toning to edges of vellum document. 14th item: Signatures in overall good condition with few ink smudges.
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