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Memorial of Hannah Stephens...
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Memorial of Hannah Stephens requesting the release of her husband from Algiers, December 9, 1791

In June 1785 Algerian pirates captured Isaac Stephens, captain of the Boston ship Maria, and his crew en route to Spain. The sailors were held captive for eleven years before Congress was able to secure their release. During Stephens’s captivity, his wife Hannah repeatedly petitioned Congress, citing her family’s terrible sufferings in her husband’s absence.

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