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Thornton, William to William Eaton re: cover letter on relations with Algiers and Barbary pirates

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06304.02 Author/Creator: Thornton, William Place Written: Washington Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1805/08/13 Pagination: 1 p. 25 x 20.3 cm

Eaton was American naval agent at Tripoli. Calls the enclosed document (.01) a "Holy Roll." He writes in part "I inclose you the Blessing & mysteries revealed to the chief maiabout Philosopher, astronomer, soothsayer & magician of the west."

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