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Receipt for Capt. Blyth coffin, 1813

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Benjamin Radford signed a receipt for $24 he received for "a mahogany coffin and trimmings" for Capt. Samuel Blyth (1783-1813) of the British Royal Navy, commander of the Boxer.

Blyth and William Burroughs, commander of the American brig Enterprise, both were killed in a battle Sept. 5, 1813 off the coast of Maine.

The Americans won the battle. The two captains are buried side by side in Portland's Eastern Cemetery.

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  • Title: Receipt for Capt. Blyth coffin, 1813
  • Creator: Radford, Benjamin
  • Creation Date: 1813
  • Subject Date: 1813
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 12.4 cm x 19.2 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 21, Box 7/7
  • Collection: Thomas G. Thornton papers
  • Object Type: Text

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