Correspondence, ca. 1825–40, 41 items. Letters and a few printed items concerning claims against the Russian government arising from the seizure of 2 ships by Russian vessels. The Commerce, owned by Eliphalet Loud and Samuel Bailey, was seized in 1807; the Hector, owned by Israel Thorndike, later. Includes correspondence with the U.S. State Department, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster. One suit was eventually successful and the Russian government made restitution of 50,000 rubles (MS 30a-d). Researchers are requested to contact Chester B. Kevitt, 41 Columbian Street, South Weymouth, Massachusetts 02190 for information about access.