From Jeremiah Olney
Providence, May 16, 1791. “There being but one Public Boat in this District and that Constantly employed by the Inspector at the Port of Pawtuxet1 and so down the Bay, I find it Necessary that a Suitable one with Sails should be provided for the use of the Surveyor and Inspectors of this Port, to go on Board of Vessels, and particularly such as are frequently detained (by head winds &c.) for Several days, some miles below the Town.…”
ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
1. William Barton, Jr.