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    [James Madison] James Monroe Document Signed as secretary of state, "Jas. Monroe". Three pages, 8" x 13.5"; n.p., circa 1815. Pages one and two are a printed copy of "AN ACT concerning Letters of Marque, Prizes and Prize Goods", which, among many other things, allowed the president to revoke letters of marque , gave instructions on the distribution of prize money, and outlined punishment for privateer violations. The act was approved on June 26, 1812. At the bottom of this document are the printed names of Henry Clay (Speaker of the House), William H. Crawford (President of the Senate), and James Madison, who served as president from 1809 - 1817.

    Page three is a partly printed document entitled, "INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRIVATE ARMED VESSELS OF THE UNITED STATES." "No. 206" is hand-written at the top of the page and is followed by the following: "To Captain Shubael G. Bronson, commander of the private armed Schooner called the Betsy." This document charges Bronson as the captain of his ship with doing four things: 1. To keep the attached copy (pages one and two of this document) of "An Act concerning letters of marquee, prizes, and prize goods" constantly in view; 2. to "pay the strictest regard to the rights of neutral powers. . . ."; 3. towards enemy vessels and their crews, "to proceed in exercising the rights of war, with all the justice and humanity which characterize the nation of which you are members"; 4. to deliver the master of the ship and all documents to U.S. authorities. Handwritten in ink at the bottom of the page is "By command of the President of the United States of America/ Jas. Monroe, Secretary of State." Monroe served as secretary of state from 1814-1817, during Madison's second term. Docketing on verso. Age-toned with usual folds. Near fine.

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