DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
November 26, 1813.
THE person whose name is subjoined, and who is understood to
be a citizen of the United States, has been represented at this
Department to have been impressed into the British naval service
prior to the present war, and to be, at this time, held as a
prisoner at Chatham in England.
From this state of unjust detention, this government is desirous
of effecting his release. With that view, as he has referred
to you, as a friend who can establish his claim to citizenship,
I have to request that you will furnish me with such evidence
on the subject as you possess, or can obtain from others, in
a form the most authentic. The forms most approved, are certificates
of birth, of baptism, of naturalization, or depositions taken
before, and attested by, a justice of the peace, or notary public.
I remain, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) J. Monroe
Mr. William Babb
33 years of age, impressed into the British ship Barbadoes, at
Barbadoes, on the 1803, from on board a vessel called the Neptune,
of [...] , whereof, at the time of his impressment, James Minch
was master, she being a United States vessel.
The said Benjamin Babb is alleged to have belonged to Barrington,
in the county of Rockingham and state of New Hampshire, and he
says that he is known to William Babb, of Barrington.
Benjamin Babb -
33 years of age
Impressed into the British Ship