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    American Seaman's Protection Paper issued to James Gorrie. One partly printed page, 7.8" x 13"; Delaware, December 5, 1836. Gorrie is listed as being 21 years of age with dark complexion, black hair, and hazel eyes. Although black seamen were not uncommon, it is likely that Gorrie was white. Black seamen were more commonly listed as having "woolly" hair.

    Seamen were issued documents such as this as proof of American citizenship in order to prevent detainment by foreign powers; more specifically, impressment into British service. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Near fine, with flattened folds and light toning. Identification in pencil in verso.

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