Alexander Hamilton Papers

Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs, 22 August 1793

Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs

Treasury Department
August 22, 1793.


Though it was not expressly said, yet I presume it will have been understood, as clearly implied in the instruction contained in my circular of the 4th instant, that the liberty to enter vessels and their cargoes, brought in as prizes, by the armed vessels of France, was not, after the receipt of that letter, to include vessels and cargoes taken and brought, or sent in, by armed vessels originally fitted out in the ports of the United States, while remaining in possession of their captors.

It will follow, that if an attempt should be made, to land goods from on board such vessels, they are to be seized, and proceeded against as directed by the 26th section of the Collection Law.1 Lest the implication above-mentioned should not have been obvious to all, I have concluded to give this further explanation.

I ⟨am, with considera⟩tion,   ⟨Sir⟩

L[S], to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1808 (vol. unnumbered), National Archives; L[S], Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives.

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