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Robert Williams to William Eustis, 12 May 1809 (Abstract)

§ Robert Williams to William Eustis

12 May 1809, Boston. Asks the secretary of war to intercede with JM on behalf of William Stanwood, who has been arrested “for allowing goods to be landed from his Vessell prior to entry at the Custom House.” This was Stanwood’s first voyage as master of a ship, and he was not only inexperienced but also sick “in body and Mind, being just on the recovery from the Yallow feaver.” Clemency from the president would relieve Stanwood “from his unhappy situation.”

RC (DLC). 3 pp. Eustis forwarded the letter to JM, who docketed it and added: “Case of a smugler suing for pardon.”

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