The full content of this document is only available to subscribing institutions. More information can be found via

Collection Reference Number GLC00308.05
From Archive Folder Letters and documents of naval commanders in Revolution and War of 1812 
Title Benjamin Stoddert to Samuel Smith on trade and treaties
Date 16 March 1799
Author Stoddert, Benjamin (1744-1813)  
Recipient Smith, Samuel  
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document
Content Description Discusses a treaty between Britain and Haitian ruler Toussaint L'Ouverture. Mentions a ship bound for India, letting General [George] Washington know that he will be returning to New York. Also talks about spices. Letter seems to have been written in a hurry. Address leaf has a cut hole where the seal used to be on the center left above the address. Directly opposite is a mark and bit of wax from the seal. Also on the right is a column of numbers where someone did some calculations. Above the address in the upper left hand corner is a round stamp with PHI MR around the inside with 16 in the middle, which is perhaps a postal mark. The first page of the letter also has a round stain on the left side from the seal.
Subjects African American History  Treaty  Global History and Civics  Caribbean  Government and Civics  Asia  President  Maritime  Navy  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Haitian Revolution  Global History and Civics  Navy  
People Stoddert, Benjamin (1744-1813)  Louverture, Toussaint (1743?-1803)  Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Stoddert was the first United States Secretary of the Navy and responsible for purchasing the land that would become Washington D.C.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859