§ From Ebenezer Allyn
29 December 1801, New York. “In compliance with the act of Congress for the relief and protection of American Seamen1 I now transmit you a duplicate of my protest [not found] made in Liverpool on account of the Impressment of a seaman belonging to the Ship Betsey of New York.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, Correspondence with Collectors of Customs regarding Impressed Seamen, box 12). 1 p.
1. The 1796 “Act for the relief and protection of American Seamen” required masters of vessels from which seamen had been impressed to enter a protest at the next port at which they touched following the impressment and to submit a duplicate of the protest to the Secretary of State “immediately after … arrival within the United States” (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America … (17 vols.; Boston, 1848–73). description ends , 1:477–78).