Circular Letter to the Agents of the United States
for the Relief and Protection of American Seamen
Department of State Washington
July 22d. 1801
You will be pleased to furnish this Department as soon as possible with a statement concerning impressed American seamen, that have come under your notice since your appointment as Agent in which shall contain the following particulars:
|1st.||An annual and aggregate account of the number impressed.|
|2.||Number with protections: without protections|
|3.||Number who enlisted after impressment.|
|5||Number still detained|
It is not expected that there will be entire precision in any detail which you can make; but a general and tolerably correct view of the subject is supposed to be attainable from the materials in your possession, and this will suffice.
The enclosed form embraces all the objects of this enquiry, and you will observe it in making your return.1 I am, very respectfully &c.
P. S. You will include those whose allegiance is unknown to you.