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To James Madison from John Peirson, 20 January 1814 (Abstract)

From John Peirson, 20 January 1814 (Abstract)

§ From John Peirson. 20 January 1814, Biddeford. “The Subscriber a Citizen of the United States of Biddeford in the County of York & Commonwealth of Massachusetts humbly represents that he has Business of importance to transact in the Havanna in the Island of Cuba & prays that your Excellency will grant him a passport (agreeably to a provision in the 1st. Section of the Act laying an Embargo &ca. passed Decr 17. 1813) to depart in some neutral vessel to the said Port of Havanna & as in duty bound will ever pray &ca. …”1

RC (DNA: RG 59, War of 1812 Papers, Correspondence regarding Passports). 1 p. Below Peirson’s signature, State Department clerk John B. Colvin wrote: “Passport made out & sent to Mr. R. Cutts Jan. 28. 1814. who was to send it to the collector & procure a description of the person.” Cover sheet docketed in an unidentified hand: “Document Upon which was issued a passport to John Peirson,” with the note: “The passport dated January 28. 1814; and sent, on the same day, to Richard Cutts, esq. who presented the enclosed document, and undertook to transmit the passport to the collector of the customs, for the purpose of procuring a description of the person of Mr. Peirson.” Filed with the RC is an 11 Feb. 1814 note from Daniel Granger, collector at Saco, District of Maine, written on the verso of a copy of the passport with Peirson’s description filled in. James Monroe directed Granger’s letter to “Mr. Colvin.”

1Peirson’s ellipsis points.

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