James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Ebenezer Allyn, 29 December 1801 (Abstract)

§ 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.

1The 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).

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