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Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs, 26 March 1794

Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs

Treasury Department 26 March 1794

Sir,

Inclosed you will find a resolution of Congress for laying an embargo on all vessels in the ports of the United States bound to any foreign port or place, for the term of thirty days.1 It is understood that this is not to interfere with any of the usual proceedings in the cases of vessels employed in the coasting trade or Fisheries except that the surrender of a license in order to the proceeding on a foreign voyage is not to be received. The Registers of all vessels which are or may be deposited with you, are to be detained until the expiration of the term of the embargo. During that term no clearance for a foreign port or place is to be granted, nor are any but vessels employed in the coasting trade or Fisheries, to be permitted to clear from district to district without bond being first given with one or more sureties to your satisfaction in a sum equal to the value of whatever lading she may have on board, with condition that she will proceed to the district for which she shall clear, and there enter, and shall produce within a term not exceeding four months, a certificate from the Collector of some other district, of her having there duly landed her said lading.

I am Sir,   Your obedient Servant

A Hamilton

LS, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury and Others, 1794–1813, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, to William Heth, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, to William Heth, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Petersburg, National Archives; LS, Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collector at Alexandria, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at New Bern, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collector at Portland, National Archives; two copies, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives.

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