Letter to his Sister [Mrs William C. Carr] from Frigate Powhatan. Hakadada, Japan, 31 May 1854.

Bent was appointed Flag Lieutenant on the Powhatan after the Treaty of Kanagawa opened access of US to Japanese ports. His duties under Cmd. Perry were diplomatic, but he tells a story of his own belligerent behavior to Japanese officers.

p. 4: A number of natives were off to the Entertainment & seemed greatly delighted, but somewhat bewildered by the naval appearance & antics of the “Niggas of the South”

File also has a daguerreotype portrait of Bent [AC19,344]—there was a daguerreotype camera on the expedition.