Crowninshield, Benjamin Williams (1772-1851)
Secretary of the Navy, Autograph Letter Signed Washington June 8, 1815, to John M. Treadwell, Cashier, Merchants Bank, Salem

quarto, one page, formerly folded, in very good clean and legible condition.

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Crowninshield writes about the payment made to the captors of the British fleet on Lake Champlain:

 

           “Dear Sir,

 

                 I promised to you, or Mr. Fitzplan, I think, to inform you when payment was made to captors of the British Fleet on lake Champlain, they have been paid 300,000 $ for said capture, into the hands of Geo. Beal jr & agent for the offs & crew.

 

                The Amt coming to a sailing master, on acc. Of his share, would be about 2000 Dollrs.

 

                How does your Bank come on ? I hope you are doing well, I feel an interest in the welfare of the institution please to give my respects to the President & directors, individually…”

 

 

          Benjamin W. Crowninshield, born Salem, Massachusetts 1772, died Boston 1851, merchant, politician, President of Merchants Bank of Salem; served in state and national legislatures; secretary of the navy, 1814-1818.

              There is no collection of Crowninshield papers, and information about his life and career is scant. His letters may be found in the papers of many of his contemporaries in the Library of Congress, Massachusetts Historical Society and the Essex Institute.

 

      American National Biography, vol. 5, pp., 807-808; Dictionary of American Biography, vol. II, part two, pp., 577-578