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Collection Reference Number GLC01540
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title John Quincy Adams to George Joy discussing a naval attack by the British in 1807
Date 4 August 1812
Author Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)  
Recipient Joy, George  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses some political Pamphlet that dealt with the 1807 British naval attack by the ship Leopold against the Chesapeake, an American ship, and its consequences for the War of 1812. Adams was then the United States Ambassador to Russia. Joy, who lived in London, was an advocate for the Americans during the War of 1812.
Subjects Navy  President  War of 1812  Journalism  Politics  Diplomacy  Global History and Civics  Military History  Maritime  
People Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)  Joy, George (fl. 1812-1815)  
Place written St. Petersburg, Russia
Theme The Presidency; Foreign Affairs; War of 1812; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Written two months after Congress declared war on England. On June 22, 1807, the British frigate "Leopard" mauled the American frigate the "Chesapeake" while retrieving four British deserters. Three of the four sailors were Americans who had volunteered to serve with the British navy. The severity of the damage to the ship, and American citizenship of the sailors, greatly wounded American pride and ignited anti-British sentiment. These feelings festered until 1811 when the British minister, Augustus Foster, came to the United States to make reparations. Adams complains that the ship's captain was never punished for attacking the American vessel.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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