From William Ellery
Newport [Rhode Island] July 6, 1790. “Last Tuesday … Capt. Sheffield presented a protest … and requested that he might be permitted to unlade part of his cargo in order that he might take out his masts … and a permission was granted to him for that purpose. I shall take the foreign tonnage of him, and permit him to proceed to L Orient the place of his destination; but shall not give him a Register unless it should appear by your answer to my letter that his vessel is to be considered as American property.…1 The whole expence of the Light-house which is in the Port of Newport for one year, is nearly Four hundred and forty five Dollars.…”2
LC, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.
2. Ellery sent this information in response to a request contained in H’s “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” October 1, 1789 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , V, 415–16). See also schedule A of “Reports on Additional Sums Necessary for the Support of the Government,” August 5, 1790 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VI, 528).