hardcover. Late a Captain in the Navy of the United States: Together with a Collection of the Most Interesting Papers, Relative to the Action between the Chesapeake and Shannon, and the Death of Captain Lawrence. 244pp. 24mo, modern linen-backed boards; (ex-lib, lacks Frontis., a few pages chipped in margin, light dampstaining, mostly to margins, erosion to t.p. with the loss of two letters, edges of boards worn). New-Brunswick: L. Deare, 1813. First Editon.
During the War of 1812, Captain Lawrence was mortally wounded in the battle between the Chesapeake and the British ship, Shannon. As he lay dying, Lawrence said the famous words, "Don't give up the ship." Washington Irving lived in New York during the war, but frequently travelled to Washington where he became a friend of Dolley Madison. S&S 27962. Howes I-82.