Receipt for Shipments of Bread to Constitution
On May 19, 1803, Commodore Edward Preble received orders from Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith to ready Constitution to sail as soon as possible to go to the Mediterranean and relieve Richard Morris as Commodore. Before setting sail, a new crew had to be recruited, repairs had to be made, and new stores had to be purchased. This receipt is from July 27, 1803 and is for two shipments of bread from Boston baker Samuel Thwing. The bill is signed by Purser James Deblois and totals $430.44, which equals approximately $11,584.82 today.