Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 13 November 1794

From Jeremiah Olney1

Custom House
District of Providence 13th Novr. 1794.


At the Circuit Court held in this Town on the 7th Instant, the Grand Jury found bills of Indictment against Metcalf Bowler and Zebedee Hunt Junr., Masters of the Brigantine Mariah and Schooner Nancy, for departing from the Harbour of Newport on a Forreign Voyage, in Violation of the Embargo Act passed the 26th of March last.2 Capt. Hunt being arraigned, pled Guilty to the Charge. The Court fined him the moderate Sum of Forty Dollars and Cost of prossecution. Capt. Bowler being absent his Trial was put of untill June Term next.3

I have the Honor to be very respectfully   Sir   Your Most Obed. Hum. Serve

Jereh. Olney Collr.

Alexander Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see William Ellery to H, April 8, 14, 1794; Olney to H, March 31, April 3, 1794; H to Olney, April 23, May 1, 1794.

2This is a reference to a joint resolution of Congress, approved on March 26, 1794, “That an embargo be laid on all ships and vessels in the ports of the United States … for the term of thirty days” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 400).

3A copy of the court proceedings, dated November 7, 1794, may be found in RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives.

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