A Masonic Oration on the Death of Brother William S. Bush, Lieutenant of Marines, Who Was Killed on Board the Frigate Constitution… by the Junior Warden of Said Lodge.
(Bush, William S.).
Bradford and Inskeep, ( 1812), Philadelphia
During her engagement with the British frigate Guerrier, on the 19th of August, 1812. Lt. Bush commanded marines aboard the USS Constitution. In the course of her famous battle with the Guerriere, the enemy’s prow became entangled in the Constitution’s mizzen shrouds, affording access by the marines. As Bush was readying his men, “a musket- ball entered by the left cheek-bone, and passing obliquely through the brain, terminated, at the instant, his short lived glory” – (those Masons could really tell a story!) This eulogy was delivered to the Masonic Lodge in Pennsylvania to which Bush belonged. As well as the colorful narration of the battle and Brother Bush’s death, it includes a biography of Bush. See Smith, II, 1414. S&S 26557 who attribute authorship to Condy Raguet. When it happens to turn up, this scarce pamphlet is usually described as “removed from a larger volume.” In this case it is present in a larger volume, being bound in at the back of Volume I of “The Port Folio” for 1813, a news magazine also published by Bradford and Inskeep, suggesting that this is the “larger volume” from which the pamphlet is removed. In addition, the magazine contains articles celebrating Jacob Jones’ victory in Wasp over Frolic, printed here on pages 87 and 155 under American Gallantry. Additionally, there is a rather foxed copper engraving of this battle opposite p.156. Text pages evenly tanned. In very good condition, bound in original full mottled calf with spine label.