Often interesting information in naval history is found in the letters of officers who were not fortunate enough to become famous and who have accordingly been largely overlooked by the historians. Such an officer in the United States Navy was William Lewis, a considerable collection of whose letters has been almost providentially preserved for over a hundred years. The following excerpts from some of these letters, which have thus far completely escaped the eyes of the researcher, are brought to the notice of readers of the Naval Institute Proceedings.
An American Naval Officer in the Mediterranean, 1802-7
By Mary Lewis Cooke and Charles Lee Lewis