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Creating the Library of Congress... Captured & murdered by pirates near Haiti...



Item # 703665

May 07, 1800

THOMS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 7, 1800  Page 2 has most of a column taken up with a report headed: "HORRID DETAIL  - Declaration of J. C. Anthony, late Captain of the Schooner Mary, taken by Pirates, and Carried into Gonave" near Haiti.
The report offers much detail, a few bits noting: "...was boarded by the crews of 3 barges armed, who had been in chase of him...instantly took possession of his vessel...their their arms behind the backs...report of the muskets which he heard learnt him the mournful fate of his comrades...these pirates...his sight fully confirmed the massacre of those unfortunates; he found the bodies of six of them naked and cut in pieces in the most barbarous manner..." with much more.
Page 2 has reports from Congress, one item noting: "...5000 dollars being appropriated for the purpose of procuring a library for the accommodation of government when removed to the city of Washington...", with a bit more. This would be the Library of Congress.
Four pages, archival strengthening at the spine, various foxing & some damp stains, good condition.

Item from Catalog 342 (released for May, 2024)

Category: Pre-Civil War