From Jeremiah Olney
Providence, April 3, 1794. “Since I had the honor to address you on the 31st Ulto… I have been informed that the Maria (the Property of Saml. Butler, Saml. Butler Junr. Cyrus Butler, Seth Wheaton & Richard Jackson Junr.) has, imprudently followed the example of the Nancy.… I find that the Owners are of opinion that no penalty will be incurred in a case of this kind as the act of Congress laying the Embargo,1 dose not fix one.… I respectfully request Sir, your particular Instructions Relative thereto.…”
ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.