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To James Madison from James Maury, 24 March 1803 (Abstract)

§ From James Maury

24 March 1803, Liverpool. Last wrote on 25 Feb., since which time “the alarm of war has occasioned a great press for Seamen.” Many Americans, probably confident of a continuation of the peace, do not have certificates of citizenship and are therefore in a position “which exposes them to impressment.” Writes to suggest the propriety of recommending that no American seamen leave home without the necessary documents to protect them from impressment.

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