Letter from William deC. Ravenel to Captain C.P. Kelly, June 28, 1919

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Letter from William deC. Ravenel, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary, to the Bureau of Ordinance refusing a second, near duplicate, 6-ton Renault Tank.


  • United States. Army
  • United States National Museum
  • War Collection


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 192, Box 194, Folder: 5

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  • June 28, 1919
  • 20th century

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  • WW I
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Collectors and collecting


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Paper

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SIA2014-07017 and SIA2014-07018

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Number of Images: 2 Color: Color Size: 8.5w x11h Type of Image: Letters Medium: Paper

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[[in ink intials HB written together much like a monogram]] [[stamped in blue ink]] 63222 [[/stamped in blue ink]] [[handwritten]] F [[/handwritten]] Enclosure June 28, 1919. Dear Captain Kelly: I am returning herewith certain correspondence relative to the transfer to the National Museum of a 6-Ton Renault Tank, and, in response to the inquiry contained therein, beg to say that inasmuch as this tank is almost an exact duplicate of the one we already have it seems inadvisable to request its transfer. I am asking, therefore, that the request for such action be canceled. Assuring you of my aprreciation of your continued in- [[overwritten]]0 [[/overwritten]] terest, I am, Very truly yours, [[stamped in blue ink]] W. deC. RAVENEL [[/stamped in blue ink]] W.deC.Ravenel, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary. Captain C. P. Kelly, U. S. Army, Bureau of Ordnance, 7th and B Streets, Washington, D.C. Sm
[[written by hand in pencil]] Mr. Ravenel Mr. Riordan informs me this tank is almost an exact duplicate of the one we have. Under these circumstances I presume we do not need to ask for its transfer. T.T. Belote June 19, 19. [[/written by hand in pencil]]