Matthew Calbraith Perry
A Typical American Naval Officer
by William Elliot Griffis, 1887

 
Griffis, William Elliot.:
Matthew Calbraith Perry, A Typical American Naval Officer, Boston, Cupples and Hurd, 1887, blue cloth, gilt lettering on front cover and spine, bust of Perry on front cover, large 12mo (5 1/2 x 8 in), top edge gilt, frontispiece (woodcut of MC Perry standing) protected by tissue guard and 8 other black and white text illustrations, 459 pp,. The earliest comprehensive biography of Commodore Matthew C. Perry published. The Expedition to Japan is covered in 100 pages (ca 1/5 of the book).

 
Frontispiece

 

Table of Contents
 Our Early Navy

 I.     The Child Calbraith
         -- A Real Boy
 II.    Boyhood's Environment
         -- Under the Flag of Fifteen Stars
 III.   A Midshipmans Training Under Commodore Rogers
 IV.    Men, Ships, and Guns in 1812
 V.     Service in the War of 1812
         -- The Flage Kept Flying on All Seas


Africa, Slavers and Pirates

 VI.    First Voyate to the Dark Continent
         -- Lieutenant Perry Goes to Guinea
 VII.   Fighting Pirates in teh Spanish Main


 Europe and Diplomacy, Our Flag in the Mediterranean

 IX.    The American Line-of-Battle, Ships -- Among the
         Turks and Greeks
 X.     The Concord in the Seas of Russia and Egypt
         -- Czar and Khedive
 XI.    A Diplomatic Voyage in the Frigate Brandywine
         -- Andrew Jackson's Stalwart Policy
         -- Perry Rehearses for Japan
         -- Naples Pays Up


 Shore Duty, Ten Years of Science and Progress

 XII.   The Founder of the Brookly Naval Lyceum
         -- Master-Commandant Perry
 XIII.  The Father of the American Steam Navy
         -- The Engineer's Status Fixed
         --The Line and Staff
 XIV.   Perry Discouvers the Ram.
         -- The Trireme's Prow Restored
         -- The "Line of Battle" Changed to "Bows on"
 XV.    Lighthouse Illumination
         -- Lenses or Reflectors
 XVI.   Revolution in Naval Architecture
         -- The New Middle Term Between Courage and Cannon
         -- Caloric
 XVII   The School of Gun Practice at Sandy Hook
         -- Bomb-Guns and the Coming Shells
 XVIII  The Twin Steamers Missouri and Mississippi


Commodore of a Squadron.  African Waters
Expirpating "The Sum of "All Villinanies"

 XIX.   The Broad Pennant
         -- Our Only Foreign Colony
         -- Powder and Ball at Berribee
 XX.    Science and Religion
         -- A War of Ink Botles
         -- Perry as a Missionary and Civilizer


 The Mexican War

 XXI.   The Mexican War
 XXII   Commodore Perry Commands the Squadron
 XXIII  The Naval Battery Breaches the Walls of Vera Cruz
 XXIV.  The Naval Brigade
         -- Capture of Tabasco
 XXV.   Fighting the Yellow Fever
         -- Peace
 XXVI.  Results of the War
         -- Gold and the Pacific Coast


 Japan (pages 270-375)

 XXVII. American Attempts to Open Trade
 XXVIII.Origin of the American Expedition to Japan
 XXIX.  Preparation for Japan
         -- An International Episode
 XXX.   The Fire-Vessels of the Western Barbarians
 XXXI.  Panic in Yeddo
         -- Reception of the Presidents Letter
 XXXII. Japanese Preparations for the Treaty-Making
 XXXIII.The Professor and the Sailor Make a Treaty
 XXIV.  Last Labors


  The Man and His Work

  XXXV.  Matthew Perry as a Man
  XXXVI. Works that Follow

  Appendices
  I.  	Authorities
  II.   Origin of the Perry Name and Family
  III.  The Name Calbraith
  IV.   The Family of M.C. Perry
  V.    Official Detail of M.C. Perry (to Japan Expedition)
  VI.   The Naval Apprenticeship System
  VII.  Duelling
  VIII. Memorials in Art of M.C. Perry

  Index
 



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