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Stoddert, Benjamin (1751-1813) to Samuel Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00308.05 Author/Creator: Stoddert, Benjamin (1751-1813) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 March 1799 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 26 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses a treaty between Britain and Haitian ruler Toussaint L'Ouverture. Mentions a ship bound for India, letting General [George] Washington know that he will be returning to New York. Also talks about spices. Letter seems to have been written in a hurry. Address leaf has a cut hole where the seal used to be on the center left above the address. Directly opposite is a mark and bit of wax from the seal. Also on the right is a column of numbers where someone did some calculations. Above the address in the upper left hand corner is a round stamp with PHI MR around the inside with 16 in the middle, which is perhaps a postal mark. The first page of the letter also has a round stain on the left side from the seal.

Background Information: Stoddert was the first United States Secretary of the Navy and responsible for purchasing the land that would become Washington D.C.

People: Stoddert, Benjamin, 1751-1813
Louverture, Toussaint, 1743?-1803
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: African American HistoryTreatyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCaribbeanGovernment and CivicsAsiaPresidentMaritimeNavyCommerceMerchants and TradeHaitian RevolutionGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyNavy

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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