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Thomas Melvill

H. A. S. Dearborn

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Thomas Melvill, Sr., 1751-1832, revolutionary patriot, participant in the Boston Tea Party and Revolutionary War veteran, and grandfather of author Herman Melville, and Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn, 1783-1851, congressman from Massachusetts and Collector of the Port of Boston.  Partially printed Document Signed, Thos Melvill and H.A.S. Dearborn, one page, small folio, Port of Boston, Massachusetts, May 12, 1818.

As the Collector and Naval Officer at the Port of Boston, Dearborn and Melvill sign an import certification and statement of customs duties for a shipment of cotton from Calcutta bound for New York.

Melvill was the grandfather of renowned writer Herman Melville, the author of the classic Moby Dick.  Herman Melville added the final "e" to the family name.

Dearborn was the son of Revolutionary War hero Henry Dearborn, who saw action at Bunker Hill and participated in the siege of Yorktown and who later served as Secretary of War under President Jefferson.  The younger Dearborn succeeded his father as Collector of Customs in Boston, serving from 1812 until 1829.  During the War of 1812, he served as brigadier general commanding the Volunteers in the defenses of Boston Harbor.  He later served one term in Congress as an Anti-Jacksonian, 1831-1833.

Both Melvill and Dearborn have signed this document with strong, bold signatures.  A partial separation on the center fold has been repaired.  Otherwise the document is in fine condition.



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