American admiral; served extensively in the Civil War.
Autograph Letter Signed, D.G. Farragut, two full pages, quarto, U.S. Ship Brooklyn Pensacola N[aval] Yard, July 19, 1859. To Ed. G. Tilton, with the integral blank leaf attached and the original envelope. Together with Tilton’s letter to T. Carroll’s father informing him of David Farragut’s concern. Fine condition.
“We arrived here for the purpose of Coaling & Provisioning the ship, & at the same time to bring a bearer of dispatches from Mr. McLane our minister, who has gone to Washington & expects to return to us by the 1st of August when we will sail again for that delightful place Vera Cruz. The principle object of this letter is to let you know that I have advise your young friend Mr Carroll to return home – his health is very bad & I think he requires the care of his family. If he had been in his present condition at home it might have been well to change to this climate, but when taken here it is considered impossible to recover here – besides for his sake as well as his family I must tell you, that he has less idea of taking care of himself than any one I ever saw. I uses tobacco in such quantities that it would kill him if nothing else. At one time I prevailed on him to stop chewing, & went to smoking, as if he could not make up for the loss of his chewing, & the first thing I knew some said in reply to saying that Mr. Carroll had a wretched cough, why he will kill himself chewing tobacco. I said that wont be so for he told me that he had stopped chewing altogether, but I called him & asked him if it was possible he had taken to chewing again, he said yes, that he found smoking did not agree with him; & thus it is with everything – he does not appear to think that his cough is very bad, altho’ no one thinks he can ever recover from it, but God only knows that – but certainly he ought to be under the control of his Father & Mother. I have done my best for him & now recommend him to return home – it is painful for me to have him about me…so I have done what I think best for both he & his family & as I would hope any friend of mine would do for my child under similar circumstances. He will remain with me until he knows my destiny. He still hopes the ship will go to New York & that he can return in the ship – that that is beyond hope….”