From James Maury
Liverpool 4th April 1801
I had the Honor of presenting you a price current on the 11th past.1 In this is one also for the present month.
I am concerned to observe to you that the annexed vessels have lately been seized in this port for having on board parcels of tobacco with the view of smuggling. Four of them have been restored, two of which paid a fine to the seizing officers. The others remain under seizure, & I wish they may also be released on as easy terms; but this practice is so much encreased of late that I have good reason to believe in future similar cases, they will be proceeded against with much more rigor. I would therefore wish all our ship-owners & masters to be apprized of the necessity of guarding against the consequences. With all due deference I submit to you the propriety of having this published. I have the Honor to be with perfect Respect Sir Your most Obedient Servan⟨t⟩
|Columbus||John Dishon.||@ Baltimore||restored|
|Rose||Reuben Jones.||New York|
|Perseverance||D. Sterling||"||under seizure|