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Matthew C. Perry, the Commander in Chief of U.S. Naval Forces, stationed on the U.S.S. Frigate Mississippi at the time of this order, publishes General Order No. 1 stating that notes, journals, articles of communication and other items prepared by officers or persons will be endorsed and transmitted to the Commander in Chief and Navy Department to be used for government convenience. Signed at sea, December 21, 1852.


[recto] General Order No. 1 U.S.S. Frigate Mississippi At Sea, December 21st 1852 In promulgating the subjoined extract from the instructions addressed to me by the Honorable Secretary of the Navy, and bearing date the 13th Ultima, I have to enjoin upon all Officers, and other persons attached to the vessels under my Command, or in any other way connected with the Squadron, a most rigid adherence to all the requirements of the Said Order. Whatever notes or drawings may be prepared by the officers or other persons before mentioned, whether by special order, or by their own volition, will be endowed by the respective parties and transmitted through the Captain of the Fleet, to the Commander in Chief, who will in due time lodge them at the Navy Department, from whence they may be reclaimed as it may suit the convenience of the Government. All arms, curiosities, and specimens of natural history, are also to become the property of the United States, unless voluntarily relinquished by the Commander in Chief. Signed M.C. Perry Commander in Chief U.S. Naval Forces Stationed in the East India, China & Japan Seas Extract A subject of great importance to the success of the Expedition will present itself to your mind in relation to communications to the prints and newspapers touching the movements of your Squadron, as well as in relation to all matters connected with the discipline and internal regulations of the vessels composing it. You will therefore enjoin upon all under your command to abstain from writing to friends and others upon those subjects; _ the journals and private notes of the officers and other persons in the Expedition must be considered as belonging to the Government, until permission shall be received from the Navy Department to publish them.

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General Order No. 1, signed by U.S. Navy Commander in Chief Matthew C. Perry, dated December 21, 1852.



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