European Privateers Outfitted in America to Be Barred from Ports; List of Known Offending Ships

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Date August 16, 1793
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Huntington (primary) Location: Connecticut
Summary Notes that the federal government has tried in vain to outlaw the practice of European nations outfitting privateers in American ports, and passes down a firmer strategy to preserve American neutrality: no cruisers or privateers originally outfitted in American ports will have no asylum in those ports. Authorizes Huntington to see to causing any such ships to leave, by force if necessary. Also passes on order that any prizes brought by such vessels into American ports be seized by American militia, to be returned to their prior owners. Asks that such incidents be reported, and lists blacklisted privateers known to have been outfitted in American ports.
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Document Notes Cited in Knox to Huntington, 08/20/1793. Copies of this letter were sent to various Governors.
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Related Persons/Groups Sam Huntington; Henry Knox; privateers; Executive; parties at war; militia; former owners; ;
Related Places Connecticut; War Department; port; harbor; Charleston; South Carolina; Philadelphia; Delaware; ;
Keywords privateers; fitting out; armed vessel; cruiser; vessel; depart immediately; effectual measures; prize; transmit in writing; cases and evidences; Citizen Genet; Sans Culottes; Vanqueur de Bastille; Petit Democrat; Caramagnole; ;
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