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    King George's War: Autograph Bounty Document of American Naval Privateer. One page, 13.5" x 17", Rhode Island, May, 25, 1744. The document is an agreement between the crew of the fourteen-gun brig, The Caesar, a privateer sailing out of Rhode Island under the command of Captain John Griffith, and two Rhode Island merchants, Philip Wilkinson and Daniel Ayrault, Jr. It calls for the merchants, acting as prize agents, to dispose of the captured Spanish privateer The Santisima Trinidad las Almas de Purgatorio y San Antonio de Padua and to pay each member of The Caesar's crew, the "mariners of foremast men", a bounty of five Pounds Sterling for the capture of the enemy ship. The document is signed by each of The Caesar's officers and crew, thirty-nine signatures or marks with red wax seals in all. Folds and light toning, else very fine.

    The Caesar
    operated as a privateer under the authority of the British Royal Navy harassing Spanish shipping during the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1748). It was during that period that The Caesar captured the Santisima Trinidad las Almas de Purgatorio y San Antonio de Padua. When, in 1744, France allied itself with Spain against Great Britain in the War of Austrian Succession, also known as King George's War, The Caesar was sent to lay siege to the French fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. The Caesar was involved in several engagements with French ships and transported French prisoners after the fall of Louisbourg. In early 1746 It was lost off the west end of the island of Bermuda, but Captain Griffith and the crew were saved.

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