Commodore John Rodgers: captain, commodore, and senior officer of the American Navy, 1773-1838

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The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1910 - United States - 434 pages
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Page 305 - President of the United States of America, "To ALL WHO SHALL SEE THESE PRESENTS, Greeting...
Page 214 - What has been perpetrated, may again be attempted; it is therefore our duty to be prepared and determined at every hazard to vindicate the injured honor of our navy and revive the drooping spirits of the nation.
Page 305 - This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States, for the time being.
Page 260 - Our public ships and private cruisers, by their activity, and, where there was occasion, by their intrepidity, have made the enemy sensible of the difference between a reciprocity of captures and the long confinement of them to their side. Our trade, with little exception, has safely reached our ports, having been much favored in it by the course pursued by a squadron of our frigates under the command of Commodore Rodgers...
Page 305 - Plenipotentiary of the United States to the French Republic, hereby giving and granting to them, and any and each of them, full power and...
Page 282 - ... to burn that elegant building Mrs. Goldsborough told the officer that she had an aged mother in it, and begged it might be spared. The officer replied that he acted under the admiral, and it would be necessary to obtain his consent. Mrs. G. returned with the officer and detachment, and obtained the permission that the house should be spared; but when she reached it, she found it on fire and met two men, one with a sheet, the other with a pillow-case crammed full, coming out, which she could not...
Page 213 - You like every other patriotic American have observed and deeply feel the injuries and insults heaped on our country by the two great belligerents of Europe, and you must also believe that (calculating by the past) from neither are we to expect either liberality or justice ; but on the contrary no opportunity will be lost of adding to the outrages to which for years we have been subjected. Amongst these...
Page 141 - This treaty, however, awakened the conscience of Europe, and from the day it was signed the power of the Barbary Corsairs began to wane. The older countries saw their duty more clearly, and ceased to legalize robbery on the high seas. To America the success gave an immediate position which could not easily have been gained in any other way, and, apart from its moral results, the contest with Tripoli was the most potent factor in consolidating the navy of the United States.
Page 251 - President," but which included Decatur's squadron when it should arrive. " For the present," wrote the secretary to Rodgers,1 " it is desirable that with the force under your command you remain in such position as to enable you most conveniently to receive further more extensive and more particular orders, which will be conveyed to you through New York.
Page 227 - ... out of the gun before it was answered from our assumed enemy by three others in quick succession, and soon after, the rest of his broadside and musketry. When the first shot was fired, being under an impression that it might possibly have proceeded from accident and without the orders of the commander, I had determined at the moment to fire only a single shot in return; but the immediate repetition of the previous unprovoked outrage, induced me to believe that the insult was premeditated, and...

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