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    President Martin Van Buren authorizes a whaling voyage bound for the Pacific Ocean

    Martin Van Buren Whaling Document Signed "M Van Buren" as President and "John Forsyth" as Secretary of State, one page, 21" x 16.5", June 3, 1839. The document, a Four Language Ships' Papers, grants permission and leave to Arlington Wilcox, master or commander of the ship Selma bound for the Pacific Ocean, laden with Provisions, stores and utensils for a whaling voyage. The document is printed in four languages: English, Dutch, French, and Spanish. Ship's papers were required of all ships leaving American ports, and contained information on the cargoes of America's schooners, four-masters, and other sailing vessels. Intact white wafer Presidential seal affixed to center. Some soiling and paper loss at the folds; otherwise, in fine condition.

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