From Sharp Delany
[Philadelphia] December 21, 1789. “… I have recd the different forms from the Comptroller and shall proceed immediately as therein directed, I would remark on two of them, that of the Tonnage Abstract directed to be countersigned by the N officer which I imagine was intended to be the Surveyor, for the N: O: has no documents to warrant him. In the weekly returns of Cash it is directed to specify in what the balle. on hand consists, such as Bank notes &c &c. on this I would observe, the 30th Secto1 restricts the Collector from receiving anything but specie.”
LC, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
1. For Section 30 of “An Act to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the United States,” see 1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 45 (July 31, 1789).