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Adams, John (1735-1826) Instructions to John Lamb to treat with Algiers

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00345 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: London ; Paris Type: Document signed Date: 1 October 1785 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Co-signed by Jefferson 11 October 1785 in Paris. Lamb was instructed to confer with Minister Carmichael in Spain, then proceed to Algiers. The Continental Congress sent John Lamb to negotiate with Dey Mohomet of Algiers for the release of 21 Americans held as prisoners and to secure safe passage of American vessels in the Mediterranean. The Dey demanded $3,000 ransom per man, twice as much as he asked of other nations. Lamb returned home in 1789 without securing a treaty.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Lamb, John, 1735-1800.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Government and Civics, Military History, Treaty, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Africa Prisoner of War, Pirates, Slavery, Maritime

Sub Era: Creating a New Government