• Declaration of Independence Signer Huntington Returns British Ship Captured during Citizen Genet Affair

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    SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, resigned as the King’s attorney to join the American Revolutionaries. He signed the Declaration of Independence and presided over Congress when the Articles of Confederation were adopted. As Governor of Connecticut he led the battle for Connecticut’s ratification of the Federal Constitution.


    One-page, 7 ¼ x 8 ½, ALS “S.H.”, a copy made in Huntington’s hand as Governor of Connecticut, Norwich, [Connecticut], September 3, 19-793, to John Temple, the British Consul-General to the United States, concerning the return of an English ship seized by an illegal French privateer.


    The French privateers, Petit Democrat and the Carmognole, seized the English Brig Nancy, commanded by Captain John Barry, while en route from Jamaica to Philadelphia.  The privateers and their prize arrived in New London [Connecticut] on August 22, 1793. (Daily Advertiser, New York, Aug. 28, 1792, 2) The privateers had been outfitted in Delaware and cruised for nearly a year and a half under French colors attacking British shipping along the North American coast at the Behest of the new French Ambassador Edmond-Charles Genet, which became known as the Citizen Genet Affair.


    Huntington writes, “I am this day honore’d with your letter of the 29th Ulto. By Capt. Robert Barry; & agreeably to your desire have restored to him the Brig. Nancy with all the Appurtenances & Cargo that were found on board at the time she was taken into to Custody by [the] Government[.]

    “With great respect,


    “I am Sir your humble Servant




    Toning, some bleed through. Tipped to another sheet.


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