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Early News that the Honolulu Naval Depot Might be Relocated to California
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In this extremely early English-language letter from San Francisco, the Commander of the Pacific Squadron suggests that the naval stores then at Honolulu might be moved to California.

WILLIAM BRANFORD SHUBRICK. Letter Signed as Commander of the Pacific Squadron, to Thomas H. Stevens, August 29, 1847, aboard the U.S.S. Independence, San Francisco, California. 1 p.,8 x 12½ in.

Inventory #23423       Price: $1,500

Shubrick was in San Francisco, just returned from the blockade of Guaymas and Mazatlán. He writes to young Stevens (1819-1896) to send supplies to Monterey and warns that the Naval Depot in the Sandwich Islands will probably be relocated to California.

The career of Shubrick himself is astoundingly accomplished. This is a man who served in the War of 1812 and in the Mexican-American War; he did not retire until the early months of the Civil War. It is fitting that he should also be in San Francisco 2 years before the Gold Rush. He was appointed as Commander of the Pacific Squadron in July of 1847 and it was under his command that operations in the Pacific were successfully concluded.

Complete Transcript

                                                                        U.S. Ship Independence.

                                                                        San Francisco, Augt 29th 1847.


            Your letter to Comms Biddle, or the 3d June, enclosing a List of Clothing on hand at the Sandwich Islands has been received.

            I wish you to send, when a good opportunity offers and freights are reasonable, all the articles named in your return of Clothing, to Monterey, to be delivered either to the Commanding Naval Officer or Store Keeper at that place.

            As it is probable, the for the present, no more supplies will be sent to the Sandwich Islands, and the Naval Depot transferred to some port on this coast, I recommend your giving up one of the store houses; if not both, provided you can readily obtain a store house in case a supply should be send you from the United States before you receive the answer of the Department.

                                                                        I am, very Respectfully,

                                                                        Your Obedt Sevt,

                                                                        W Branford Shubrick

                                                                        Commdg Pacific Squadron.

T. H. Stevens, Esqr.

U.S.N. Store Keeper.

Sandwich Islands.

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