To Jeremiah Olney
November 27 1792.
Your letter of the 15th instant1 has been duly received. Under the circumstances stated, I am pleased with the conduct which you have observed, in relation to the Brig Neptune, from Surinam. Should Mr. Arnold2 (as you say he threatens) commence a prosecution in the State Court, care must be taken so to conduct your defence as to admit of an appeal to the proper federal one. It will be of course to defray every necessary expence for the purpose.
What you say with regard to the Attorney of the District3 is duly noticed.
I am, Sir, with consideration, Your Obedt Servant.
Jere. Olney Esqr.
LS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.
2. Welcome Arnold.
3. William Channing was United States attorney for the District of Rhode Island.