The Effects of Jefferson's Non-Intercourse Act [Manuscript]. [Maritime Law]. [War of 1812]. [Instrument of Protest]. Liverpool, May 15, 1810. 16-1/2" x 11" bifolium, content in neat secretarial hand, signed and sealed at end of text, franked on verso of second leaf. Light toning, fold lines, folds to corners, some separation along folds, some with old cellotape repairs. $500. * Recorded by a notary in Liverpool, this is deposition of around 1200 words by Captain Charles Barton and three mariners of the Boston ship New Packett. It describes, in vivid detail, their rough crossing in stormy seas. Forbidden from trading with Great Britain due to the Non-Intercourse Act of 1809, the ship set sail for Sweden with tobacco and other cargo. After several heavy gales, which brought significant damage and the death of sailor, the ship encountered a ship from Baltimore. From this crew Captain Blake learned that the Non-Intercourse Act had recently been repealed. With this knowledge Blake decided to bring his ship to Liverpool, the closest port for repairs. Upon arrival, he made this deposition to deflect possible charges of negligence of duty. Signed by Barton, his first mate Charles Blake, and mariners Charles Spinnell and Heucon Carleton.
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