Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 30 August 1792

From Jeremiah Olney1

Providence 30th August 1792.


The importation into this District, made by Mr. Cutts of Ports-mouth, was on the 28th Day of May last, in the Ship Lark, Jno. Munro Master from Bordeaux. I do not recollect whether the Invoice specified the difference between Assignats and Specie; but the Duties (secured by Messrs. Clark & Nightingale,2 owners of the Lark) were calculated on the latter amount, being 1,487 Dollars and 35½ Cents, ascertained by the best Evidence which could then be obtained; and I well remember that, at the time the purchases were made, it appeared the Assignats had depreciated 33⅓ per Cent. There were no peculiar circumstances attending this Importation; nor were there any Ad Valorem Goods imported into this District from France, in April last.

I enclose my Return of Cash No. 108.

I have the Honr. to be &c.

Jereh. Olney Collr.

A. Hamilton Esquire
Secy. of the Treasury.

ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.

1For background to this letter, see H to Olney, August 18, 1792.

2The Providence merchant and trading firm of John Clark and Joseph Nightingale.

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