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To Alexander Hamilton from William Ellery, 31 January 1791

From William Ellery

Newport [Rhode Island] January 31, 1791. “… The greatest part of the business of the Customs Houses is done by the Collectors, and yet the nett income of the Naval Officer1 and of the Surveyor2 of this port is far superior to mine.… Seventy three or Seventy four dollars for six months and one third of a months service it will be allowed is a very trifling consideration. Let me therefore intreat you, Sir, to lay this matter before the Honble Congress, and to use your influence that I may receive an allowance and a compensation adequate to the attention, responsibility, and respectability of my office.”3

LC, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.

1Robert Crooke.

2Daniel Lyman.

3See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” January 20, 1790, April 14, 1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VI, 204; VIII, 287–88); H to Jeremiah Olney, April 11, 1791, note 1 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VIII, 273–74).

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