To James Lingan1
September 6. 1792.
It has been stated to me by Messrs Oliver and Thomson2 that the Ship Eliza, N Stone Master, entered at Alexandria in November last, and proceeded up the River in Ballast to load at George Town, where the said Master had been obliged to pay Tonnage a second time.
If the case is accurately stated, and the Master had paid Tonnage at Alexandria, as may be inferred from the entry said to have been made there, your charge was erroneously made, and the Tonnage Duty paid to you must in that case be refunded.
I am, Sir, Your Obed. Servant.
James M Lingan Esqr.
LS, Mr. Cyril Clemens, Kirkwood, Missouri.
2. For information concerning the contents of this letter, see “Report on the Petition of Robert Oliver and Hugh Thompson,” February 2, 1795 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 246–47).