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Trading With the Enemy in the War of 1812: The Famous Case of the Brig Joseph, Convicted of Aiding the British Document signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State, authorizing the Joseph to commence its infamous journey Document signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State, authorizing the Joseph to commence its infamous journey
06/04/1812. The Brig Joseph was an American-owned vessel whose captain was Charles L. Sargent. It sailed from Boston on the 6th of April, 1812, having on board a cargo of cotton, ashes and turpentine, with its initial destination being Liverpool, England. The cotton was for British mills and the ashes and turpentine were naval stores of use to the Royal Navy. From England the Joseph was to go to the north of Europe, and then return to the United States. The brig arrived at Liverpool, and having discharged her cargo there, went to Hull, England, and took on a cargo of mahogany, and on the 30th of June, 1812, sailed for St. Petersburg, Russia. It did this under the protection of a British license, granted on June 8, to continue in force until the first of November following, authorizing the export of the mahogany to St. Petersburg, and the importation of a return cargo to England.On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. When the Joseph arrived at St. Petersburg, Sargent received news of the outbreak of the war. Sargent later claimed that he consulted with John Quincy Adams, then the American ambassador to Russia, if there was any law against his returning to England with a license taken before the war, and was answered that there was none. The cargo of mahogany not being sold, in October the brig took on board a cargo consisting of hemp and iron, bound from St. Petersburg to London. Winter set in and the Joseph put into the neutral port of Carlscrona in Sweden. It sailed for London in the spring of 1813, and delivered its cargo; and on the 29th of M … [Click Below for Full Description]
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