James Fenimore Cooper Signed Letter to a Gentleman, c. 1830s, "The Grand Jury have formd a bill against Domingo Joseph Dos Santos for being concerned in fitting out the Brig San Nicholas as a slaver," letter 3 x 4 1/2 in., (not examined out of frame).
Provenance: Purchased at RR Auction, Amherst, New Hampshire, June 2014.
Note: In 1836 charges were brought against Dos Santos and associates for equipping and loading the brig San Nicholas as a slave-trading vessel intending to travel to Africa and procuring negroes for the purpose of selling them as slaves in the United States. Cooper served as foreman of the grand jury.
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