Herman Melville’s 1856 Passport Application


5 thoughts on “Herman Melville’s 1856 Passport Application”

  1. If I had to fill one of these out for myself, the desire to be a jackhole would be strong: Face — attractive; Complexion — flawless; Chin — Manly.


  2. […] the old days, passports may have been a bit easier to obtain, at least judging by the copy of Herman Melville’s 1856 U.S. passport application, a link to which popped up in my Twitter feed this […]


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