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Capture of the "Mount Vernon", Recommendation of William Smith, Etc.

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CollectionConnecticut Historical Society: Oliver Wolcott Jr. Papers. view image
Document Information
Date May 28, 1796
Author Name Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary There is concern about the entry of the prizes of French Privateers into American ports. Action on this matter will requre congressional and executive action, which will take time. Wolcott mentions the capture of the ship "Mt. Vernon" and the need for a reputable, confidential American diplomat in France. He recommends William Smith, who is trusted and admired by the French. He wonders if Mr. Adams can be transferred to Portugal. He requests funds from the Bank of Pennsylvania and the Bank of New York
Document Format Autograph Draft Letter
Document Notes Partially illegible.
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Oliver Wolcott; French privateers; Judiciary; President; William Smith; Adams; Portuguese government; banks; Bank of Pennsylvania; Bank of New York; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; France; Portugal; Pennsylvania; New York; Bank Street; ;
Keywords instructions; prizes; regulations; law; capture; Mount Vernon; treaty; French language; station; treasury drafts; frigates; stock; ;
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