PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - WHALING SHIPS PAPERS SIGNED 07/12/1815 CO-SIGNED BY: PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE - HFSID 55748
JAMES MADISON and JAMES MONROE Signed 1815 document attesting that the brig Argo is "mounted with no guns" Partly Printed DS: "James Madison" as President and "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 10½x14¾. Washington, 1815 July 12.
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JAMES MADISON and JAMES MONROE
Signed 1815 document attesting that the brig Argo is "mounted with no guns"
Partly Printed DS: "James Madison" as President and "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 10½x14¾. Washington, 1815 July 12. On vellum. In full: "Suffer the Brig Argo John Salter master or commander of the burthen of Two hundred and Eighty two 24/95ths tons or thereabouts mounted with no guns navigated with Eleven men to Pass with her Company Passengers Goods and Merchandize without any hinderance seisure or molestation the said Brig appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only." Also signed by the Collector of the Port of Charleston, whose signature is faded. On verso are three related ADSs of collectors of the District and Port of Portland and Falmouth, 1817-1820, concerning new masters of the Brig Argo. This ship's passport authorized the unarmed brig to pass unmolested through international waters. With the Treaty of Ghent (signed on December 24, 1814) ending the War of 1812 and the peace treaties arranged by Commodore Stephen Decatur with the leaders of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli (June 30-August 5, 1815), American ship masters no longer had to fear attacks by the British or Barbary Coast pirates. "President Madison's War", fought primarily over commerce, was over, and Secretary of State James Monroe's election as fifth U.S. President in 1816 ushered in the "Era of Good Feeling". Dark signatures of Madison and Monroe, fold through "J" of Madison's signature. Scalloped at top edge. 2¼-inch diameter paper seal affixed with red wax at lower left. Tape stains at perimeter with inlaid impression from prior framing. Overall, fine condition.
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