From Reed and Forde1
[Philadelphia] April 15, 1794. “We have a Vessell bound from New Orleans to London that has Orders to touch at New York for advice and probably to have some Specie and Letters for American Citizens, we wish to know whether this Vessel’s touching at New York without entering will subject her to detention under the Embargo,2 the Vessell has no provisions, Naval or military Stores on board.”
LC, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
1. The merchant firm of John Reed and Standish Forde was located in Philadelphia.
2. For information on the embargo, see the introductory note to H to George Washington, March 8, 1794; “Cabinet Meeting. Opinion on the Best Mode of Executing the Embargo,” March 26, 1794.