Link to Home Page


by E. Caylor Bowen


(continued from page 18) Location. – At Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE., Washington, D.C.

Area. – 30,711 square feet.

Cost of land. - $7,819.50

Authority to purchase. – Act of February 11, 1811 (2 Stat. 650). Provides that “the money hereafter collected by virtue of “An act entitled an act in addition to an act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen’ shall be paid to the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of War for the time being, who are appointed a board of commissioners of Navy hospitals, which together with the sum of $50,000 hereby appropriated out of the unexpended balance of the Marine hospital fund to be paid to the commissioners aforesaid shall constitute a fund for Navy hospitals.”

Title. – 1. Deed from Buller Cooke and Edmund Law, trustees for Lewis Deblois, dated June 4, 1821, recorded in liber W.B. no. 3, folios 26 and 27, land records “Washington County, D. of C.” conveying “all those lots, pieces, or parcels of grounds lying and being in the city of Washington and District of Columbia and known and designated in the plan of said city as lots numbered 1 and 2 in square numbered 948.”

2. 2. In a report concerning the status of real estate held for naval purposes within the District of Columbia by Commodore Tingey to Secretary of Navy Southard, dated November 12, 1824, it is stated that the above property deeded by Cocke and Law, trustees to the United States “was the property of Lewis Deblois, a purser of the United States, and solely owned by him a the time of his insolvency (in May 1814) principally occasioned by the pecuniary delinquency to the Navy Department * * * this property was then or about that time received by the Department in consideration as a part of this debt, at a value of $3,000”, etc.

3. Deed from Henry Bradley and wife, dated March 30, 1865, recorded liber E. C. E. no. 19, folio 429, consideration $4,1819.50, conveying “all those certain pieces or parcels situated, lying, and being in the city of Washington, D. C., and known and described as * * * lots numbered 3 and 4 in square numbered 948.” This property acquired by authority of act approved March 2, 1865 (13 Stat. 467) authorizing Secretary of Navy to purchase balance of square no. 948 “upon which naval hospital is now in course of construction.”

This site is sponsored by the Friends of the Old Naval Hospital

Last updated November 22, 2008