Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, November, 1812. Pamphlet. A eulogy delivered to the Pennsylvania Masonic Lodge where American marine William S. Bush was a member. Bush was in charge of marines on the USS Constitution, and died during a naval engagement with the British Frigate Guerrier on August 19, 1812. Includes Bush's biography.
"In the course of [USS Constitution's] 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.”
8vo, 16pp, disbound, rear plain wrapper present, lacks front, small corner of title page chipped, evenly toned. Good + overall. Item #24828