MONROE, JAMES and ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY . Monroe was fifth President of the United States (18171825) succeeded by Adams, sixth President of the United States (18251829).
Visually Appealing Document Signed, on parchment, folio, Washington, March 19, 1818.
Ship's passport with dual engraved maritime vignettes below the scalloped top margin and practically mint Presidential seal. President Monroe signed this maritime document acknowledging that the Schooner Weymouth of Richmond, Ibsen Benedict commander, belongs to the United States. The document is also signed by John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State, and David Geltson, politician from New York who also participated in the 1789 Continental Congress. He served as New York Port Collector for a record 25 years. On the scalloped margin at the right is a sizeable dip in the scallop but intentionally cut. . On the scalloped margin at the right is a sizeable dip in the scallop but intentionally cut. Official seal on lower left corner is in exceptional condition. Framed. (Item ID: 2321)
Ships' passports were used for US vessels sailing in the Mediterranean. The passports resulted from an agreement in 1795 to allow the passage of ships in return for payments to the Barbary pirates who required countries to pay tribute in exchange for not capturing that country's ships and crews. America was one of the countries who agreed to pay for safe passage. These passports identified ships which had safe passage. The scalloped edge of the passport shows that the top portion had been cut and sent ahead to be matched when, in this case the Schooner Weymouth, arrived. An historic document with great visual appeal.