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COPY Assurances Regarding British Vessel

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CollectionPublic Records Office: FO 5/2 Foreign Office Corres view image
Document Information
Date August 1, 1793
Author Name Phineas Bond (primary)
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Bond replies to Knox's letter of July 31 on behalf of the British Minister. He assures Knox that he respects the US Government, and that the British vessel being investigated by the US is not augmenting its arsenal, merely repairing what it already had. The guns on the ship are to protect the cargo and the ship, not to engage in warfare, and are required by insurance. Further, the master of the ship is willing to present evidence that the crew are all British subjects, none are impressed Americans.
Document Format Copy of Signed Document
Document Notes Most likely copied by John Stagg. Reference at the top of page 2 is incorrect, gives letter as Knox to Bond when it is the reverse.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Phineas Bond; Henry Knox; John Stagg; His Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary; British Minister; the King's Subjects; British; owners of the ship; enemy; underwriters; master; crew; British subjects; seamen; ;
Related Places port; Philadelphia; Chestnut Street; New Yrok; ;
Keywords cause of offense; ship; ship Jane; gun; alteration; point of force; new gun carriages; waistboards; port holes; venetian windows; requisitions; predicament; surrounded by danger; defense; commercial adventure; cruising; abridge the means of defence; defend their property; insurance; in case of capture; voyage; evidence; ;
Key Phrases manifest my respect for the Government of the United States; strongest disposition to pay the utmost deference to the requisitions contained in your letter;

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