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Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Illustrative Documents   By: (1859-1937)

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[Transcriber's Notes: This book contains documents written in 17th and 18th Century English, Dutch, French, and other languages. Inconsistencies of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and hyphenation have been preserved as they appear in the original. (See the last paragraph of the Preface for the editor's note on this.) A few obvious printer errors in the editor's footnotes have been corrected.

This book contains characters with macrons, which are represented here in brackets with an equal sign, e.g., [=a].

The original contains various symbols to represent signature marks. These have been described in brackets, e.g., JOHN [X] SMITH.

The original contains a number of blank spaces to represent missing matter. These are represented here as a series of four hyphens.

In the original, there are a few numbers enclosed in square brackets. They are here enclosed in curly brackets, in order to avoid confusion with the square bracketed footnote numbers used in this e text.]

PRIVATEERING AND PIRACY

IN THE

COLONIAL PERIOD: ILLUSTRATIVE DOCUMENTS

EDITED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE COLONIAL DAMES OF AMERICA

BY

JOHN FRANKLIN JAMESON

DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN THE CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1923

TO THE HONORED MEMORY OF

JOHN JAMESON

OF BOSTON

1828 1905

VOYAGER, TEACHER, LAWYER, SCHOLAR

WHOSE LOVE OF LEARNING AND WHOSE UNSELFISH DEVOTION MADE IT NATURAL AND POSSIBLE THAT I SHOULD LEAD THE STUDENT'S LIFE

PREFACE

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America have formed the laudable habit of illustrating the colonial period of United States history, in which they are especially interested, by published volumes of original historical material, previously unprinted, and relating to that period. Thus in the course of years they have made a large addition to the number of documentary sources available to the student of that period. First they published, in 1906, in two handsome volumes, the Correspondence of William Pitt, when Secretary of State, with Colonial Governors and Military and Naval Commanders in America , edited by the late Miss Gertrude Selwyn Kimball, containing material of great importance to the history of the colonies as a whole, and of the management of the French and Indian War. Next, in 1911 and 1914, they published the two volumes of Professor James C. Ballagh's valuable edition of the Letters of Richard Henry Lee . Then, in 1912, they brought out, again in two volumes, the Correspondence of Governor William Shirley , edited by Dr. Charles H. Lincoln, and illustrating the history of several colonies, particularly those of New England, during the period of what in our colonial history is called King George's War. More recently, in 1916, the Society published an entertaining volume of hitherto unprinted Travels in the American Colonies , edited by Dr. Newton D. Mereness.

It was resolved that the next volume after these should be devoted to documents relating to maritime history. In proportion to its importance, that aspect of our colonial history has in general received too little attention. In time of peace the colonists, nearly all of whom dwelt within a hundred miles of ocean or tidewater, maintained constantly a maritime commerce that had a large importance to their economic life and gave employment to no small part of their population. In time of war, their naval problems and dangers and achievements were hardly less important than those of land warfare, but have been far less exploited, whether in narrative histories or in volumes of documentary materials. Accordingly the Society's Committee on Publication readily acceded to the suggestion that a volume should be made up of documents illustrating the history of privateering and piracy as these stand related to the life of America during the colonial period for it is agreed that few aspects of our maritime history in that period have greater importance and interest than these two... Continue reading book >>




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