From Alexander Hamilton
Treasury Department, June 20th: 1792.
I enclose you an extract of a letter, lately received from the Collector of Bermuda hundred, concerning a certain practice, which if persisted in, would interfere with the due execution of the laws; and would oblige to a line of conduct, that would involve in difficulties the French bottoms, which arrive in the United States.
To avoid both the one and the other, this communication is made, in order that a representation to the Minister of France, may put a Stop to the procedure. I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir, your obedt. Servt
PrC of Tr (DLC); in William Lambert’s hand; at head of text: “(Copy)”; at foot of text: “The Honorable Thomas Jefferson Esq; Secretary of State.” Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL). Recorded in SJL as received 22 June 1792. Enclosure: Extract of William Heth to Hamilton, 9 June 1792: “The French Consul at Norfolk has lately adopted a practice of taking the registers of vessels from such Masters belonging to his nation, as called there to report, on their passage to this district. If he has a right so to do, I shall not be surprized if some Masters should depart from hence without paying tonnage” (PrC of Tr in DLC; in Lambert’s hand). Enclosed in TJ to Jean Baptiste Ternant, 22 June 1792.