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Collection Reference Number GLC00053
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title Privateer's commission for the sloop Union during the War of 1812
Date 26 September 1812
Author Madison, James (1751-1836)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description Signed by Madison as president and countersigned by James Monroe as secretary of state. Partly printed document commissioning the privateer, under the command of Captain Oliver Hicks and Lieutenant William Rust, to "seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private, which shall be found in the jurisdictional limits of the United States or elsewhere on the high seas." Notes that the sloop weighed nine tons, was mounted with one gun, and was manned by a crew of seven.
Subjects War of 1812  Navy  President  Maritime  Privateering  Global History and Civics  
People Madison, James (1751-1836)  Monroe, James (1758-1831)    
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The Presidency; Government & Politics; War of 1812; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859