PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - PARTIAL FOUR LANGUAGE SHIPS PAPER SIGNED 08/27/1807 CO-SIGNED BY: DAVID GELSTON, ANDREW S. GARR - HFSID 78927
Sale Price $1,190.00
Partial ship's Papers issued 1807.
Partly Printed DS: "James Madison" as fourth U.S. President.1p, 20½x8¾, 1807 August 27. Countersigned: "David Gelston" as Collector of the Port of New York. Four-language ship's papers issued from New York City. 2¼-inch diameter white paper seal affixed at left. In part: "We Andrew L. Garr notary public make known, that the matter of the Brig Astrea appearing before us, has declared upon oath, that the vessel, called the Astrea of New York....." The text is in four columns, each in a different language; from left to right: French, Spanish, English and Dutch. No American ships could sail the open seas without this properly authorized passport, and at the time this document was signed, travel across the Atlantic was particularly dangerous. On June 18, 1812 the United States had declared war on Great Britain. Six months later, on December 26, 1812, the British Admiralty announced a naval blockade of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, effectively barring all commercial vessels from the mid-Atlantic coastal waters. DAVID GELSTON was a prominent figure in New York politics and served as Collector of the Port of New Yorkfrom 1801-1820. Lightly foxed. Worn with folds, shaded at folds. Ragged, chipped and slightly separated edges.
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