Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Knox, 9 September 1793

From Henry Knox

War Department September 9th. 1793


Will you be so good as to inform the British Minister that the privateers Petit Democrate and Caramagnole sent into New London as a prize the Brig Nancy of Jamaica, That the Governor of Connecticut having possess’d himself of the said Brig by a party of Militia was ready to deliver her up to her Master or Owner at the time of her capture, but that no such persons have appear’d, and that in this case the Governor will deliver her to the Owner or the Minister. I have the honour to be with great Respect Sir Your Humble Servant

H. Knox
Secy of War

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Knox; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Sep. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

The Brig Nancy, Captain Barry, was captured on 12 Aug. 1793 on a voyage from Jamaica to Philadelphia and seized by orders of the Governor of Connecticut on 28 Aug. 1793 (Melvin H. Jackson, “The Consular Privateers; an account of French Privateering in American waters, April to August, 1793,” American Neptune, xxii [1962], 93).

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