From Joseph Whipple
Collectors office District of Portsmo [New Hampshire]
June 19. 1793
I had the honor to receive by the last post, your letter of the 7th. instant.1 Capt Yeaton2 being absent on a Cruize I cannot obtain his final answer respective the Supply of Rations for the Scammel other than his proposal already transmitted3 which I shall do on his return. In the mean time I could wish to be informed in case of a Contract with others, what amount of Articles shall be contracted for—as I apprehend any persons not on board the Vessel will require a limitation.
I wish also to be directed in case of my supplying whether any restriction as to quantity, must be observed—if not—undoubtedly the best œconomy will be exercised by me—but I concieve it would be a Saving of the public money for Cap Yeaton to Supply at a Stipulated rate for the Rations, if he would ingage at a Sum between his demand & the 12 Cents now allowed.
I am Sir very respectfully your most obdt Servt.
Alex. Hamilton Esqr. Secy. of the Treasy
LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1793–1794, Vol. 5, National Archives; LC, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
1. Letter not found.
2. Hopley Yeaton was the captain of the New Hampshire revenue cutter Scammell.