|Title||Mediterranean Passport (1805) signed By President Thomas Jefferson |
|Publication Date||1805 |
|Notes||Printed and handwritten on document: |
SUFFER the ship William Little John of New York James Baker master or commander of the burden of two hundred thirty tons or thereabouts mounted with no guns, navigated with ten men
TO PASS with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said ship appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States; and to him or them only.
Given under my Hand and the Seal of the United States of America, the thirtieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and five. [signed] Th. Jefferson. By the President. [signed] James Madison. Secretary of State. State of Virginia, District of Norfolk, Portsmouth. Countersigned by Wm Thomson.
This is a Ship's Passport partially printed on a vellum leaf with a scalloped-top margin. It grants the ship called the "William Little John" of 230 tons and navigated with 10 men on July 30, 1805 a Right of Passage. The passport has a large engraved lighthouse scene in the upper portion and a large paper seal in the lower left corner. Number 57 is printed and handwritten over the seal. It is signed by Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd US President and countersigned by the 4th US President, James Madison, who was then serving as Jefferson's Secretary of State.
|Contextual Notes||This Ships Passport, written in English only, has the top portion of the engraving cut away in a scallop pattern. This portion was sent to the American Consul in Algiers who then distributed it to Algerine [Barbary corsair] warships so that it could be examined and compared with its counterpart held by the Commander of the ship in question. No American ship carrying such a passport was to be harmed. This practice was a result of a requirement in the fourth article of the United States Treaty of September 5, 1795, with the Dey of Algiers. |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Passports--United States; Ship's papers--United States; William Little John (Ship) |
|Geographic Coverage||United States|
|Digital Collection||Pamphlet and Textual Documents Collection|
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Thomas Wickham Prosch Papers. Accession No. 0042-001, Box 2/15 |
|Physical Description||39 x 26 cm |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original text or image at 200 dpi saved in TIFF format, resized and enhanced using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using Contentdm software's JPEG2000 Extension. 2010. |