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Please note that this is a digital collection only; the  Dartmouth College Library does not have the original documents, which  remain in a private collection.

This collection contains correspondence to, from, and concerning Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (b. 1785, d. 1819), a United States naval officer known for his victories in the War of 1812. Most of the documents in this collection are letters written to Perry between 1807 and 1819 that center around his naval career and accomplishments, including his tenure on the USS Revenge, his leadership of the U. S. naval forces on Lake Erie during the War of 1812, his command of the USS Java, and the diplomatic mission to Venezuela that culminated in his death from yellow fever.

Correspondents of note include Oliver Hazard Perry, Matthew Calbraith Perry, Smith Thompson, William Jones, Christopher Raymond Perry, Benjamin Hazard, Langdon Cheves, E. D. Wood, Hugh Campbell, Isaac Chauncey, John Chambers, Paul Hamilton, R. H. Barclay, Sarah Perry, Robert Smith, William Bainbridge, William Reed, and John Rodgers, among others.

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