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War of 1812 - Ship Embargo in Charleston, S.C. May 20th, 1812

Here is a great War of 1812 piece!  The Charleston Collector of Customs, Simon Thens, writes the Collector of Customs in New York City.  This piece is a folded letter and therefore has a nice “cover” on the backside, “Charleston, S.C. May 21 (1812)” in script is written “25”.  

Collector Office Charleston 
May 20th, 1812

Sir,

      The ship Fernandina Prudencia Trefado, Master, arrived this day from Amelia under Spanish Colors, with a cargo of British merchandise.  Which ship I am informed sailed from New York under the name of the Nankeen, Adams, Master & had violated the Embargo.  I request you will be so good as to inform me as soon as convenient if  my information is correct. 

I am
   Sir
   Your Most Obdt. Servant
                          Simon Thens
                          Collector


This letter is in fine condition… amazingly it’s going to be 200 years old next May!  A very historic piece! 

#EL43 - Price $195