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U.S. certificate for the brig "Mary Torrans" noting the ship's weight as 176 tons, that it carries no guns, and has a crew of 10. James Madison signs as President of the U.S. and Smith as Secretary of State of Pennsylvania. 1809.
By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Brig Mary Torrans of Philadelphia Thomas Brown master or commander of the Burthen of one hundred seventy six & 72/95 tons or thereabouts mounted with no guns navigated with ten men To pass with her Company Passengers Goods and Merchandise without any hinderance seizure or molestation the said Brig appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only Given under my Hand and the Seal of the United States of America the ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine James Madison By the President, R. Smith Secretary of State State of Pennsylvania District of Philadelphia Countersigned by John Graff
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James Madison, Robert Smith, Mary Torrans, Philadelphia, ship, Pennsylvania, secretary of state, president, merchandise, November 9 1809
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Madison, James and Smith, Robert, "Ship's certificate issued to the Brig "Mary Torrans" of Philadelphia. Parchment, signed by James Madison and Robert Smith. 1809." (1809). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 178.
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