Re: [Bulk] Re: 1812 Re: Impressment and US sovereignty and supposed Brit disrespect of same
- Diane Williams wrote:
> Depending on when in 1803 that was reported, my French-born ancestor mayWay to stick up for your ancestor, Diane!
> have been one > of those 12. He had waited 5 years to get his citizenship
> (having been in the United States since > 1794 anyway) and he received it
> on Sept. 6, 1803. He was taken by the British shortly after
> that because I know he was nearly killed in Egypt in late 1803. I'm sure
> his American merchant > ship captain protested his impressment, but any
> letter citing the protest by the Department of
> State was ignored by the Royal Navy, because my ancestor served in the
> Royal Navy until he > escaped in 1812 when his ship put in to Toulon,
> France after mostly being stationed in Egypt. > If I were the Royal Navy,
> I'd have ignored any request to release him because he spoke both > French
> and English and was a superb sailor having been educated from apprentice
> cabin boy
> at age 13 to achieving first mate at the latest by age 22 (and probably
> earlier) on his American > merchant ship.
With friends like you ....
John Matthew IV