[Philadelphia: 1800]. 8pp. Disbound, with original plain rear wrapper. Very Good.
Robbins had joined a mutiny aboard the British frigate Hermione. He was jailed in South Carolina; England sought his extradition. But Robbins claimed he had been impressed into British service; that he was in reality an American citizen, by virtue of his birth in Danbury, Connecticut; and that he thus should not become a victim of British justice. The case became a cause celebre, driven by anti-British sentiment.
Documents included with Adams's Message demonstrate that Robbins lied: he was "not an American citizen, but a native Irishman, who to his other crimes added perjury, in the hope, thereby, to escape the punishment due to piracy and murder."
Evans 36124. Item #22924