JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Partly-printed vellum Document Signed, "Th:Jefferson," military commission appointing William Henry Allen Lieutenant in the Navy. Countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. 17x14 inches; slight fading to signature, horizontal fold through signature (without loss), short closed tear at upper left, staining along upper edge, deep folds, docketing lower left recto, paper seal intact; framed. Washington, 17 February 1807
William Henry Allen (1784-1813) served as captain of the USS Argus, which wreaked havoc on British shipping off Ireland in July and August of 1813. Allen was killed in battle against the HMS Pelican on August 14, 1813.
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