The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commodore Perry (Steamboat), 28 Mar 1835

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SPLENDID CARVING. - Mr. Editor - In the Star of last Monday I observed a short notice of a splendid carving at the shop of Mr. John Mason on the corner of Pearl and Terrace Sts., designed for the new steamboat COMMODORE PERRY. I have examined this specimen of art, and I think it is not saying to much in its praise to pronounce it to be superior to any thing of the kind that has ever been executed in this city; and that the description given of it as given in the Star, falls short of what it merits. Indeed it is difficult for any one to give a proper and adequate idea of its superior excellence, in design and execution, especially when we take into consideration the important event that it celebrates. The carving is 22 feet in length. In the center is the escutcheon, or arm of the United States, surmounted by a large golden eagle. On the left is a male figure, at full length in uniform representing Commodore Perry, as he appeared at the age of 22 years when the battle was fought. In his right hand he is represented as holding an American flag, and in his left a sword, pointing to his feet, where lay the throphies of his victory, consisting of various
implements of war.
      On the right of the center is a feamale figure representing America. In her left hand she holds a wreath of victory, to crown the victor with laurels, and in the other she has a scroll giving an account of the battle. At her feet lay the sword of Justice, the trumpet of Fame and the cap of Liberty, together with the fasces, or emblem of Union. In the covin underneath the whole, is a ribband, beginning the laconic and emphatic communication of the Commodore to the Secretary of War, after the battle, " We have met the enemy, and they are ours." In short, the carving which was executed by Mr. John Weeden, a native of this state, exhibits a taste and genius worthy of admiration, and highly deserving of encouragement in our country.
      A Friend To Artists.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Saturday, March 28, 1835

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Commodore Perry (Steamboat), 28 Mar 1835