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Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) to John Rodgers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02352 Author/Creator: Bainbridge, William (1774-1833) Place Written: Tripoli, Libya Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 May 1805 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 31.8 x 19.9 cm.

Summary of Content: Commodore Bainbridge, imprisoned after his ship went aground on the Tunisian Coast on 29 December 1803, writes to Rogers, Commodore of the Mediterranean Squadron. States that he and other prisoners "feel confident that no exertions will be wanting in our brother officers to retain us, we only regret that we cannot share the honor and danger with them."

People: Bainbridge, William, 1774-1833
Rogers, John, 1772-1838

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Barbary CoastPiratesNavyMaritimePrisonerGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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