Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Richard Harison, [26 September 1789]

To Richard Harison

[New York, September 26, 1789]1

Dr. Sir

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


A Hamilton

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1The letter is undated but is endorsed by Harison “26 Sepr. 1789.”

2Harison was appointed United States attorney for the New York District on September 26, 1789.

3See “An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 55–65 [September 1, 1789]).

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