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When European Powers are at War, We Are Subject to Insults & Depredations

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Source Name Image(s)
CollectionMaryland Historical Society: Robert Oliver Papers view image
MicrofilmHuntington Library: James McHenry Papers (no image)
Document Information
Date March 3, 1797
Author Name Captain Thomas Truxtun (primary) Location: Baltimore
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Truxton, while discussing the frigate building at Baltimore, makes a strong case for instituting a navy, with trained officers and seamen, to protect American shipping from interdiction by foreign vessels.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Thomas Truxtun; officer fit for service; lieutenants and midshipmen; petty officers; boatswain; carpenter; cook; Stodder;
Related Places Baltimore; navy yard; ;
Keywords frigate now building; Chinese system; commercial habits of trading beyond the sea; insult and depredation; ships of war; navy; seamen; British and French engagements at sea; tacticians; our Revolution; art of marine science; pusillanimity of Congress; small merchant ships; frigate; ordnance; wharf; anchors out; magazines of stores; provisions; contract; calculation of probable expenses; victuals on board; severity of the weather; deck beams;
Key Phrases If we are to have a Navy, we must make officers to manage that Navy.

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