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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Letters and documents of naval commanders in Revolution and War of 1812
|Benjamin Stoddert to Samuel Smith on trade and treaties
|16 March 1799
|Stoddert, Benjamin (1744-1813)
|Correspondence; Business and financial document
|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.
|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
|Stoddert, Benjamin (1744-1813) Louverture, Toussaint (1743?-1803) Washington, George (1732-1799)
|Naval & Maritime; Merchants & Commerce; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Stoddert was the first United States Secretary of the Navy and responsible for purchasing the land that would become Washington D.C.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859