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J. R. Poinsett, the US Minister to Mexico, writes to Thomas Milton about the receipt of documents and communication regarding seizures of cargo of the Schooner Fair American. He reports "everything has been done to induce the Government to reorder justice to the may depend upon my continuining to prosecute this claim agreeably to my instructions from the Secretary of State." dated November 14, 1826.


To Thomas Wilson Esq Merchant Baltimore Mexico 14th Nov. 1826. Sir, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 24th of August respecting the seizure of the cargo of the Schooner Fair American. I certainly should have acknowledged the receipt of the documents and of your communication received thro the Department of State, had not I supposed that my correspondence with ? Reardon Green and Co. on that subject rendered it unnecessary. Mr LeGrand is still here and every thing has been done to induce this Government to render justice to the claimants. It is to flagrant a case of injustice, that I cannot believe we shall ultimately succeed, but all the business of the Mexican Government proceeds with such caution and slowness that it is impossible for me to fix the probably team of their decision in this most iniquitous concern. You may depend upon my continuing to prosecute this claim agreeably to my instructions from the Secretary of State, and upon receiving the earliest information of the Result. I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Ob. Sert. J.K. Poinsett

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J. R. Poinsett, Thomas Milton, Legrand, Mexican Government, Secretary of State, Mexico, merchant, Reardon Green and Company, claimants, seizure, flagrant, injustice, Department of State, baltimore, Schooner Fair American, cargo, receipt, Mexico City, November 14 1826.

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Joel Poinsett letter to Thomas Milton regarding receipt of documents for cargo of the Schooner Fair American, dated November 14 1826.



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