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Elliott, Jesse Duncan (1782-1845) to Isaac Mayo

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04604.14 Author/Creator: Elliott, Jesse Duncan (1782-1845) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript Date: 15 November 1828 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Captain Elliott as commander of the West India Squadron to Lieutenant Mayo as commander of the schooner "Grampus" stationed off the coast of Cuba. This is a clerical copy, with clerical signature of Elliott, of general instructions to Mayo. Marked "Confidential." Says future official communications should be sent to him and copies sent to the Secretary of Navy. Says the government thinks it necessary to have a naval presence in the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico and has put him in charge of it. Says the Spanish blockade in the West Indies is illegal, but not to interfere without orders from him. Provides a very detailed account of the laws and treaties with Spain involving blockades. On pages 13-14 gives instructions on how to deal with the slaves brought in on illegal trade ships. Gives instructions on how to treat individual sailors. Previously bound, but pages 1-6 are separate, but still bound together, from the rest of the orders.

People: Mayo, Isaac

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Military History, Navy, Caribbean, Latin and South America, Blockade, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Law, Treaty, Slavery, Slave Trade, African American History, Pirates

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform