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Jesup was a Major General in the U.S. Army. This letter concerns the Brig “Baltimore,” which wasn’t seaworthy at the time it was chartered. Jesup writes that the owners have no legal claim to any charter money.


Transcription Qr. Mr. Generals Office Washington City January 13th. 1849 Sir Your letter dated the 28th Inst relative to the claim of the Owners of the Brig Baltimore for compensation under a charter party made by Capt. E.B. Babbitt at Tampico dated the 16th. of June 1848, and enclosing additional evidence in the case, is received. From all the evidence on file in this office, the facts in the case appear to be that the Brig was unseaworthy at the time she was chartered, but while light (without cargo) it was not discovered by Capt. Babbitt, that after being loaded, and before she had put to sea, it was found that she leaked badly, when a more critical examination was made by competent persons, who pronounced her unseaworthy, and that she must have been so when chartered. To my / To my mind the evidence is conclusive that the vessel was not seaworthy when chartered, and that the owners, agreeably to the opinion of the second comptroller, have no legal claim for any charter money. His decision is final, and this Department has no further action in the case. The papers submitted by you are herewith returned. I remain, sir very respectfully Your obt. Servt. TH. S. Jesup Qr. Mr. Genl. John M. Wyse Esqr. Deer Park Pikesville Md.

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Washington (D.C.)


United States

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Thomas Sidney Jesup, Brig Baltimore, 13 January 1849, 1849, John M. wyse, Tampico, Captain E.B. Babbitt

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April 2014

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Transportation | United States History


Wofford College

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Thomas S. Jesup Letter regarding the Brig



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