Elliott, Jesse Duncan (1782-1845) to Isaac Mayo
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04604.22 Author/Creator: Elliott, Jesse Duncan (1782-1845) Place Written: Pensacola Bay, Florida Type: Manuscript letter Date: 7 September 1830 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.6 x 19 cm.
Clerical copy written and signed by H.F. Ingraham, Captain Elliott's clerk on the U.S.S. Erie. Marked "True Copy." Written by Captain Elliott as commander of the West India Squadron to Lieutenant Commander Mayo as commander of the U.S.S. Grampus. Orders Mayo that once his ship is prepared he is to sail off the coast of Havana and Mantanzas Bay. Tells him to restock his supplies at Mantanzas Bay quickly. Afterward he is to sail into the Caribbean Sea where American trade is "subject to annoyance of which I will expect an exercise of great vigilance in giving to it such protection as your general instructions" warrant. Says he may see the biggest problems off the coast of Columbia and the Windward Islands. Says after his provisions run out to return to Pensacola to receive new instructions.
The U.S.S. Grampus was involved in the Amistad incident in 1840. The ship was ordered by President Martin Van Buren to New Haven, Connecticut's harbor in January 1840 to smuggle the captive Africans back to the Spanish in Cuba. The ship did anchor in the harbor, but the plan was never implimented.
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