PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - FOUR LANGUAGE SHIPS PAPERS SIGNED 04/20/1810 CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT SMITH (POLITICIAN) - HFSID 43286
JAMES MADISON and ROBERT SMITH Both sign the ship's papers of the brig Asia, "bound for Pacific Ocean ... for a whaling voyage" (1810). Framed in the Gallery of History style to 44x24. Partly
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JAMES MADISON and ROBERT SMITH
Both sign the ship's papers of the brig Asia, "bound for Pacific Ocean ... for a whaling voyage" (1810). Framed in the Gallery of History style to 44x24.
Partly Printed DS: "James Madison" as President and "Robert Smith" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 20x16. Issued at New Bedford, (Mass.), 1810 April 20. Four language ship's papers (French, Spanish, English, Dutch) issued to: "John H. Ormsbee master or commander of the Brig called Asia...lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for Pacific Ocean and laden with Provisions, Stores and Utensils for a whaling voyage...." England and France, at war with each other, would lie to U.S. officials with assurances of non-harassment in exchange for America's trade and transport on the high seas. On June 19, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain with the harassment of American shipping and impressments of American seamen as the primary reasons. ROBERT SMITH served as Jefferson's Secretary of the Navy from 1801-1809 and Madison's Secretary of State from 1809-1811. The American sperm whaling industry had its greatest prosperity from 1820-50. Folds, horizontal fold touches the "s" in James and "R" of Smith's signature. Lightly creased. Light show-through of docket on verso to left of Madison's signature. Slightly soiled at blank margins. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 43¾x24½.
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