From James Tate, 12 February 1814 (Abstract)
§ From James Tate.1 12 February 1814, Charleston. “Your petitioner James Tate Mariner and residenter of this City: Two months ago having caught a violent Cold in comming from Savannah here inland, and notwithstanding every medical exertion has been essayed for the purpose of its removal without any desired effect, being apprehensive it has lodged itself on my lungs? Phisicians agree with me that a warmer climate would be a means of reinstating my better health, therefore under those circumstances have to solicit a necessary pasport for myself and one servant for the Havanna where I may be enabled to have my health reinstated.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, War of 1812 Papers, Correspondence regarding Passports). 1 p. Damaged by removal of seal. Redirected by James Monroe to “Mr Colvin” with the instruction: “Let him have a passport—and write by him to Mr Gray relative to prisoners there.” For the prisoners, see Vincent Gray to Monroe, 14 Aug. 1813, PJM-PS, description begins Robert A. Rutland et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series (7 vols. to date; Charlottesville, Va., 1984–). description ends 6:527–28, 529 n. 1.
1. In 1813 and 1816 Capt. James Tate, merchant and mariner, was listed as a Charleston resident with an address on Queen Street (Folker, Directory of the City and District of Charleston for 1813 [Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 28522], 79; Abraham Motts, Charleston Directory, and Strangers’ Guide, for the Year 1816 [Charleston, 1816; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols.; New York, 1958–66). description ends 37213], 82).