To Richard Harison
[New York, September 26, 1789]1
Taking it for granted that you will be appointed Atty General2 of the district I request your opinion as to the Bond required to be taken by the Collectors respecting the certificate of Registry of Vessels. Can it be taken directly to “The United States of America” or must it be in the name of the Collector? Will any bond to the United States of America be valid?
The Question arises on the act for Registering & clearing vessels &c.3
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. The letter is undated but is endorsed by Harison “26 Sepr. 1789.”
2. Harison was appointed United States attorney for the New York District on September 26, 1789.