Autograph letter signed, dated Sept. 9, 1880 on board the USS Alaska, describing a visit to the Samoan Islands

Thomas Hiland, born in New Hampshire, was a surgeon assigned to the USS Alaska towards the end of a naval career that began in 1861. In addition to remarks on Samoans, Hiland comments on recent political developments in the period leading up to two decades of Samoan civil war.

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