From the Richmond Whig, 2/12/1847, p. 4, c. 2

The editor of the Portsmouth New Era speaks in high terms of commendation of the beautiful revenue cutter Polk, built at the Tredegar works of Joseph R. Anderson, Esq., in this city. “Of all the iron vessels built by the government, [it says] this is the only one yet finished that will prove serviceable, and at the same time creditable to the mechanical character of our country.” It adds: “The fact that a vessel has been built, out and out, in the heart of Virginia, of Virginia materials, dug in their crude state from her bowels, cut from her mountain tops, and fashioned by our ingenious mechanics, will form an era of the utmost importance and interest in her history.” It gives credit to Ex-President Tyler for this triumphant development of the resources of our State – and we very cheerfully unite with that paper in thanking that gentleman in his retirement for one of the few official acts which entitle him to the public gratitude.

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