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Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2687B Boston
November 17, 2013 11:00AMCalender
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Barbary Pirates, Letter, 13 January 1794.

$900$750
Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2687B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 17, 2013 11:00AM

Description:

Barbary Pirates, Letter, 13 January 1794.
Two-and-a-half page letter on laid paper. To Benjamin Bourne (1755-1808), addressing the problem of piracy on the Barbary coast. A period copy of several letters, combined into one document, with the signature of Williams Thayer, forwarded to Bourne during his term as a member of Congress, old folds, some tears, a bit dusty, wax seal has flaked away, the sheet torn with slight loss, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
A week after the date of this later, Congress moved to establish an official navy to defend American ships from the predation of the Barbary corsairs.
Estimate $400-600


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Keywords

Benjamin Bourne, Congress, Barbary coast, Williams Thayer