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Burnham, John (1758-1837) Algiers archive relating to the capture of John Burnham [Decimalized .01- .9]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07937 Author/Creator: Burnham, John (1758-1837) Place Written: Various Type: Header Record Date: 1793-1796 ca. Pagination: 9 items. Largest 38 x 23 cm.

Includes 19-page narrative of capture details, 2 letters to Edmund Randolph pleading for help, etc. Burnham was captain of the ship "Hope." Collection includes lists of goods and monies owed to various parties in the Mediteranean and also suggestions of how to best bring about peace with the Ottoman Empire (i.e. get France's help.) Also included is a folder of 9 letters grouped under the title "Papers relating to the Pension of Captain Burnham, an Algerine Prisoner."

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