J Fenimore Cooper The Battle Of Lake Erie Or Answer To Messrs Burges Duer...1843
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J Fenimore Cooper The Battle Of Lake Erie Or Answer To Messrs Burges Duer...1843:
COOPER, James Fenimore.The Battle of Lake Erie: or Answersto Messrs. Burges, Duer, and Mackenzie.Cooperstown [N.Y.] : H. & E. Phinney, 1843. First Edition. 117 pages withillustrations ; 19 cm.
At the Battle of Lake Erie (10 September 1813), a major engagement of the War of 1812, Jesse D. Elliott, commander of the Niagara, did not move his ship to support the Lawrence, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry, until the Lawrence was practically destroyed. This inaction led to a long running feud. In 1818, Elliott challenged Perry to a duel, and Perry pressed charges against Elliott for his conduct during the engagement. President James Monroe did not pursue the charges but the controversy raged on.In 1839 James Fenimore Cooper was violently attacked by Perry's supporters for failing to criticize Elliott in his History of the Navy of the United States of America. Cooper not only won two libel suits, but based hisBattle Of Lake Erie (1843) on the controversy surrounding the two men. Although another libel suit was also won by Cooper, his 1839 history was excluded for a time from the school libraries of New York State.Condition: Fair. Front cover detached but present. Rear cover and frontispiece missing. Wraps heavily foxed and age darkened; over 50% material loss to spine. Binding loose but holding. Intermittent foxing throughout interior, more so to edges. Waviness to the pages indicative of past exposure. No markings in text, clean plates, high legibility. Previous owner's bookplate inside front cover; 117pp.