Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida. authors.
Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida
Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida
Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida
Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida

Three documents related to the Civil War Prize Money claims of John C. Hamlin, an Acting Master in the Union Navy, for capture of the blockade runners Adela, Andromeda, and Florida

Washington, DC: 1865-1869. Unbound. This lot consists of one approved prize money claim and two letters regarding disallowed prize money claims. All three documents are in nice shape. The approved claim has some minor edgewear. Naval records identify John C. Hamlin as an Acting Master as a mate and then Acting Master on several vessels. His claims relate to his service aboard the U.S.S. Huntsville and the U.S.S. Pursuit. The approved prize money award is for the U.S.S. Huntsville’s capture of the Confederate Steamer Adela which was carrying a cargo of cotton, rosin, and other commodities, probably from Mobile, Alabama. The partially printed award document reads: “To John C. Hamlin . . . for the sum due him for his share of Prize Money accruing from the capture of the Adela 192.45 . . . “Prize Money.” The other two letters related to Hamlin’s prize money claims for being on the crew of the U.S.S. Pursuit during the capture of the Steamer Florida in St. Joseph’s Bay near Pensacola and the Schooner Andromeda off the Cuban coast. The first of these was send from the Treasury Department to Hamlin’s attorneys not only denying his claim but reporting “that from evidence already on file in this office from several parties, it is evident that he has attempted fraud of the grossest kind [and that] no payments will be made to him . . . until he has satisfied all concerned.” The second is a two-page reply to the Treasury Department from Hamlin’s lawyers acknowledge that his claim regarding the Florida were false, but express concern regarding the Andromeda: “Finding we had been grossly deceived in regard to his representations as to the Florida we took measures at once, processed a warrant & after much trouble & expense secured him. His representation however as to the Andromeda which was not payable at the time & after assuring ourselves he was entitled to, induced us to free him, knowing the reimbursement of our money was only a matter of time. . .. We have now respectfully to request that you will forward the {evidence in your office] to us. . .. Mr. Hamlin and we assure you that while anxious to secure our own interests, it should not be done at the detriment of others.” It is unknown if Hamlin ever received any Andromeda prize money. Scarce. As of 2019, there are no auction records for similar items listed at the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows one institution holding a single Treasury document awarding prize money. There no records anywhere regarding prize money fraud or legal disputes over prize money. Two personal letters regarding prize money are held at institutions and one has been sold at auction. Very good. Item #009407

Scarce. As of 2019, there are no auction records for similar items listed at the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows one institution holding a single Treasury document awarding prize money. There no records anywhere regarding prize money fraud or legal disputes over prize money. Two personal letters regarding prize money are held at institutions and one has been sold at auction.

Price: $750.00

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