Stephen Decatur and the suppression of piracy in the Mediterranean: an address at a meeting of the Connecticut society of the Order of the founders and patriots of America, April 19, A.D. 1900 (Google eBook)

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1901 - United States - 38 pages
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Page 12 - Portsmouth, January 20, 1798. On Thursday morning about sunrise a gun was discharged from the frigate Crescent as a signal for getting under way, and at 10 AM she cleared the harbor with a fine leading breeze. Our best wishes follow Captain Newman, his officers and men. May they arrive in safety at the place of their destination, and present to the Dey of Algiers one of the finest specimens of elegant naval architecture which was ever borne on the Piscataqua's waters. The Crescent...
Page 16 - You pay me tribute, by which you become my slaves. I have, therefore, a right to order you as I may think proper.
Page 15 - Should any citizen of the United States of North America, kill, wound, or strike a subject of this regency, he shall be punished in the same manner as a Turk, and not with more severity.
Page 20 - He possessed, in an eminent degree, the happy art of governing sailors rather by their affections than their fears. He was averse to punishment, and rarely had occasion to resort to it, being usually able to rely, for the preservation of discipline, on the reluctance of his inferiors to displease him. It was remarked of him at this period, by an officer, that " he seemed, as if by magic, to hold a boundless sway over the hearts of seamen at first sight.
Page 13 - The Crescent is a present from the United States to the Dey, as compensation for delay in not fulfilling our treaty stipulations in proper time. Richard O'Brien, Esq., who was ten years a prisoner at Algiers, took passage in the above frigate, and is to reside at Algiers as Consul General of the United States to all the Barbary States. The Crescent...
Page 10 - As this was already implied by the phrasing of the translation, he was told, that they would not agree to it, that although the expense would be but trifling, the demand was humiliating to us and not very honorable to him. " However trifling," was his reply, " it may appear to you, to me it is important. Fifteen barrels of powder will furnish a cruiser, which may capture a prize and net me one hundred thousand dollars.
Page 12 - On Thursday morning, about sunrise, a gun was discharged from the Crescent frigate as a signal for getting under way, and at 10 AM she cleared the harbor with a fine leading breeze. Our best wishes follow Captain Newman, his officers and men. May they arrive in safety at the place of their destination and present to the Dey of Algiers one of the finest specimens of naval architecture which was ever borne upon Piscataqua's waters.
Page 36 - You told us that the Americans would be swept from the seas in six months by your navy, and now they make war upon us with 1 Captains' Letters, xlvii, no. 22 ; Analectic, February, 1816. some of your own vessels which they have taken.
Page 5 - I think it not improbable that those rovers may be privately encouraged by the English to fall upon us, and to prevent our interference in the carrying trade; for I have in London heard it is a maxim among the merchants that if there were no Algiers it would be worth England's while to build one.
Page 13 - No citizen of the United States of North America shall be obliged to redeem any slave against his will, even should he be his brother; neither shall the owner of a slave be forced to sell him against his will, but all such agreements must be made by consent of parties. Should any American...

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