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Bridge, Horatio (1806-1893)
REPORT FROM THE U.S. SHIP SARATOGA, "AT SEA" PATROLLING THE AFRICAN COAST TO ENFORCE THE LAWS FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF THE SLAVE TRADE IN 1844. AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED FROM THE PURSER HORATIO BRIDGE TO HON. JOHN FAIRFIELD, U.S. SENATE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Jan. 17, 1844. A 3 page autograph letter, approx. 780 words, addressed on the fourth integral page. With manuscript corrections and edits. Bridge's lengthy letter from aboard ship to Maine Senator Fairfield records the Saratoga's efforts to suppress the slave trade along the coast of Liberia. He describes his participation in a punitive expedition led by Commodore Matthew C. Perry against villagers suspected of murdering the crew of the American schooner Mary Carver. Having met resistance, the village was burned, along with several others. The tactics employed by the Squadron included destroying the villages and carrying off livestock and canoes, "the orders of the Commodore being to destroy property but spare life." In a highly detailed letter, Bridge records the encounters with villagers as the Squadron attempts to discover what happened to Capt. Farwell and his crew: "The Squadron has had something to do lately in punishing the murder of Capt. Farwell and crew and the plunder of a Salem schooner (the Mary Carver) to which they were attached. On the 13th ult. the Macedonian, Saratoga, and Decatur anchored at Half Berebee, the scene of the outrage, and thirteen armed boats went ashore to hold a 'palaver' or council. They admitted that Capt. Farwell had been killed by their King, who is since dead, but denied that the mate and crew had been murdered, and said that the vessel had sunk and everything been lost. There was abundance of evidence that a regular plot had been laid to take this vessel as they had taken a Portuguese schooner the year before, and that the goods, sail … [Click Below for Full Description]
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