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Alexander J. Dallas Letter

A description of his letter at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas, Alexander J. (Alexander James), 1791-1844.
Title: Alexander J. Dallas Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1806
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: A letter enquiring about an abandoned ship, the Charming Sally.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The recipient of the letter was likely Alexander James Dallas (1791 -1844), an American Naval officer.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Alexander J. Dallas Letter is dated 19 March 1806, and was sent from Philadelphia. Possibly it was written by Peter Muhlenberg, who was the customs collection for the Port of Philadelphia at the time. The letter writer discusses an abandoned ship called the Charming Sally, asking Dallas "would it not be advisable, that the Marshal(?) should take her in custody, and sell her for the amount of the tonnage?" Dallas responds in a short note written at the bottom of the page.

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Use Restrictions

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Subject Headings


Dallas, Alexander J. (Alexander James), 1791-1844.
Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel, 1746-1807.

Corporate Bodies

United States -- Navy -- Officers.


Ships -- United States -- History -- 19th century.


Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Alexander J. Dallas Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: LMD
Date: 8 Mar 2010
Revision history:

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