Letter written April 27, 1854 from Joseph Beale, U.S. Germantown, Montevideo, South America, to his wife, in care of Col. Blow, Norfolk, concerning his fondness for his wife and child and his wish to leave the Navy as a doctor and enter into private practice. ALS
1854 April 27
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Joseph Beale was born in 1814 probably in Philadelphia and died there in 1890. He was a doctor and a naval officer, serving for about forty years and retired after serving as the U.S. Navy's eighth Surgeon General (1873-1877). Joseph married twice, to Susan Parrish and Atala (Ata) Blow. He had one child from his first marriage and six from his second. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .