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Message from President George Washington to Congress, December 30, 1790

Message from President George Washington to Congress, December 30, 1790

In 1785 Algerian pirates seized two American merchant ships—the Dolphin and the Mary. The crews were still held captive five years later when President George Washington sent this letter to Congress, enclosing Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson’s report on negotiations with Algiers. Washington requested that Congress provide whatever it considered “most expedient” to free the men.

 

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration

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