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Certificate of citizenship for seamen, no. 121, James Valley

Description

A copy of the official Certificate of Citizenship for James Valley of New Orleans, Louisiana. Obtained for him by Larkin Smith, the United States Collector of the District of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, on April 10, 1810. Sailors carried certificates on their person to prove their citizenship in foreign ports and to avoid being pressed into service. Similar to modern day driver’s licenses, these documents included a physical description of the carrier.

Date

1810-04-10

Language(s)

English

Dimensions

7.75 x 13 inches

Extent

1 page

Resource ID

9421

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.