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Monroe, James (1758-1831) Additional Instruction to the public and private armed vessels of the United States.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01494 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed document signed Date: 28 August 1812 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24 x 20 cm.

Signed as Secretary of State. In response to the repeal of British Orders in Council, instructs naval and privateering ships to assist, rather than obstruct, any American owned ships bringing British goods to the United States. Issued shortly after the start of the War of 1812. Compare to GLC01665.

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