DECATUR, STEPHEN. (1779-1820). Celebrated American naval officer, remembered for his naval adventures and death in a duel with Captain James Barron. Decatur is also celebrated for coining the phrase, “Our country, right or wrong!” LS. (“Stephen Decatur”). 1p. 4to. Washington City, October 11, 1819. To Board of Naval Commissioners President Commodore JOHN RODGERS (1773-1838), the highest ranking American naval officer during the War of 1812.
“The commissioners of the Navy have received your letter of the 7 ins, &, with pleasure, transmit herewith, for the information of this Board of Examining Officers, the information on the record of their office touching the character & qualifications of the officers, whose names are on the list sent them by you…”