|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Creator:||United States. President.|
|Title:||Smart (Schooner) sea letter|
|Extent:||0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)|
The United States, in similar practice to many other countries during the 18th and 19th centuries, required all neutral ships with proof of ownership by a U.S. citizen, to carry a "sea letter" signed by the President of the United States, Secretary of State, and local collector. Any government document issued from that government to a merchant vessel is considered a sea letter. This document had to remain with the vessel during the entirety of its voyage; it served as proof of nationality and guaranteed national protection of the vessel and her cargo.
This collection consists of a sea letter for the schooner Smart, Moses Owen being the master, dated January 30, 1810. The sea letter is noted as surrendered on receiving a new one on July 9, 1810. It is signed by James Madison, President, and Robert Smith, Secretary of State.
[item identification], Smart (Schooner) sea letter, MS 735, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Collection is open for research.
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|Item 1: "Sea letter for Schr. Smart, Moses Owen Master, surrendered on receiving a new one on 9th July 1810" ( 1.0 p. )|
|Signed by James Madison, President and Robert Smith, Secretary of State. Date of original issue is Jan. 30, 1810.|