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1 On account of his ability to write, he was suspected of being the author of the anonymous letter protesting against the cruel practices on board the U. S. ship-of-line Delaware, in the Mediterranean in 1828 (?), mentioned on p. 112 of McNally's “ Evils and Abuses in the Naval and Merchant Service Exposed” (Boston, 1839). This suspicion was frightfully avenged upon him by the lieutenant aimed at in the letter. Some years before this, at Port Royal, Jamaica, being brought to trial for an affray with his captain, his defence of himself caused him to be styled ‘the sailor orator.’ A piece of money which he received at this time from the sympathetic supercargo, he went and gave ‘to the poor slaves in the prison’ from which he had just been released.
2 June 20, 1823.
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