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Ship Mary)
French Spoliation Claims and Policy of Assurance of the American merchant vessel "Mary"
Portsmouth, [NH], 1872. Three manuscripts (9 pp.), pen and ink on paper, docketing on verso; One Document (1 p.) partially printed and accomplished, docketing on verso; Three documents (16 pp.), docketing on verso. Various sizes. VICTIM OF A FRENCH PRIVATEER. This is a fascinating collection chronicling an episode of the "Quasi-War" between the US and France. The Barque 'Mary" which hailed out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was attacked and boarded off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. An article in "The Balance and Columbian Repository, No. 28, Vol. 14, July 9, 1805," reported the harrowing events as told by the ship's Master, William Balch, ".our crew were ordered on board the privateer, and threatened with flogging from the captain down to the boy. One of the hands was brought to the gun, with a rope around his neck. The Captain was also threatened, and they were on the point of lashing his hands when the boat came alongside with the money.they robbed us of.almost every thing they could lay their hands on and whatever they could not take away they destroyed.leaving scarce enough for our subsistence." Documents include: 1. Memorial Petition of the heirs of ship owner Edward Cutts and Ship's Master, George Balch, to the "Honorable Board of Commissioners appointed under the act of congress.," notarized and dated 3rd day of January, 1833, detailing the attack on the Mary and an account of money and cargo stolen. It reads in part: "That on the close of the same day of said vessel's departure from Jamaica. a small sail appeared to the eastward which proved to be a privateer and i … [Click Below for Full Description]
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