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Re: [Bulk] Re: 1812 Re: Impressment and US sovereignty and supposed Brit disrespect of same

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  • John Matthew IV
    ... Way to stick up for your ancestor, Diane! With friends like you .... John Matthew IV
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 2, 2012
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      Diane Williams wrote:

      > Depending on when in 1803 that was reported, my French-born ancestor may
      > 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.

      Way to stick up for your ancestor, Diane!

      With friends like you ....

      John Matthew IV
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