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[ New Bern, North Carolina, October 7, 1790. On December 13, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Daves : “I learn from your letter of the 7th. of October.” Letter not found. ] Daves was collector of customs at New Bern, North Carolina.
Philadelphia, October 7, 1790. “Your two letters of the 30th Sept & 1st Inst. I recd respecting your directions for the Cutter or Revenue Boat for this Bay, & the forms of the official Papers of this office. As to the first I believe though I give it only on my own knowledge that the Sum of 1000 dollers for the building and outfit , is much too little, but as I shall do every thing my duty...
[ Boston, October 7, 1790. On November 22, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Lincoln : “You mentioned in your letter of the 7th. of October.” Letter not found. ]
The Question proposed to me by the Secretary of the Treasury respecting Loss sustained by Robbery from public Officers during the late War, has been maturely considered, and I am of Opinion that the Officers are not chargeable on that Account unless Negligence can be imputed to them. 9 Octr. 1790 ADf , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Harison was United States attorney for the...
I had the honor to receive in due course your letter of the 10th Ulto & now enclose you a list of Persons suitable for Officers for One of the Revenue Cutters. Those mentiond for master and first maite have many years commanded Ships and are on accot. of their federal Sentiments & attachments to government as well as other considerations in my opinion the best qualified of any persons in this...
Your favors of 30th Ulto. is recd. I am apprehensive that the quantity of Old Emission money will be very great. I have already recd. into the Office about a Million Dollars which fills a middling sized Chest; a few Years since there was an order of Court for the Town Clerks to make the best return they could of the quantity of paper money in their respective Towns, the returns amounted to...
Rhinebeck [ New York ] October 10, 1790 . “I have delayed answering your obliging and friendly Letter.… The Arrangement of Commissioners, I am satisfied is as it should be. There is an affinity between the present and former Offices which I did not sufficiently advert to. I assure you, I had no wish to interfere with the Gentleman you allude to; he never once occurred to me, nor was the...
Your letter of the 30th. Ulto came duly to hand with its enclosures. For the information contained in it I thank you, as I shall do for all others of a similar nature. The motives, however, by which the Author of the communication to you was actuated, although they may have been pure and in that case praiseworthy, do also (but it may be uncharitable to harbour the suspicion) admit of a...
I have received your favor of the 7th. Instant; & as it appears to me very proper that the Dispatches which you mention should be forwarded to the several Loan Officers free of Postage, I have accordingly ordered the Postmaster at Philadelphia not to charge any on the same. I am Sir   &ca. LC , RG 28, Letter Books, 1789–1794, National Archives. Letter not found. Robert Patton.
I have received your letter of the 5th instant. The public service requiring the arrangements, which you have made, relative to the Light Houses of Newport and Portland, they are perfectly agreeable to me, and receive my approbation. I am, Sir   Your most obedient Servant LS , United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut; LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
The enclosed letter, addressed to me by the Baron Perin, treating of a subject to which I am a stranger, and the means of information not being within my reach; I have to request that you will cause such enquiry to be made into the Circumstances therein stated as may enable you to give him an answer. And I wish you to transmit my letter to him with yours. I am sir   Yr. most Obt. servt. LC ,...
New York, October 14, 1790. Recommends “a Sea faring gentleman of my acquaintance in North Carolina … Captain William McDaniel of Washington” for command of a revenue cutter. ALS , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Thomas, a resident of North Carolina, had applied for the post of commissioner of loans for North Carolina in August, 1790.
You will perceive by the letter which is enclosed for your transmission of it to Mr. Woodbury Langdon, that I have appointed him Commissioner of Loans in the room of Mr. Gilman, whose resignation I received by the last post. I am, Sir,   Your Obt. Servant LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Nathaniel Gilman. See H to Washington, October 6, 1790 .
Baltimore, October 15, 1790. “The forms generally adopted by me in executing the Laws of this State and of Congress, were made conformably thereto; and as these laws have been frequently altered—particularly the state Laws, I have not many blanks now by me that will be of use in devising forms for the business of the Custom House, under the present System. Inclosed, with this letter, you will...
A few days since the Brig revolution Captain Coffin entered here from Amsterdam with an intention to unlode part of his Cargo here & part at New York. Part is landed here & the Captain has a Copy of his Manifest given him in which I have distinguished the articles landed here & he has given bonds for the due landing the remainder in New York. By law I am empowered to put an inspector on board...
New York, October 16, 1790. “Were there any other way, or were it possible to clear myself of my present embarrassment without your aid, I would not give you this trouble. One hundred dollars would pay all my existing debts; but where to obtain them, I know not. My having been sued and harassed since I arrived in this City have caused great anxiety to my mind, and called my attention from...
My last was 10th Inst. since wch. I am favord. with yours of 7th & 11th Instant to which I shall pay particular attention. I have also recd. a Letter of the 12th from the Register informing me that he shall soon supply me with Certificates for the Indents, the Stock which may be unsubscribed, and for transfering from one Office to another. I have only to observe that I have already issued...
[ Edenton ] North Carolina, October 19, 1790 . “Since my last, I have had the honor of receiving yours circular of the 16th. Ulto. accompanied with sundry forms intended for the use of my office, as also three books from the Register of the Treasury, containing three hundred sheets of certificates for which a duplicate receipt is herewith inclosed. The other duplicate I shall forward by the...
[ October 20, 1790. On October 16, 1791, Joy wrote to Hamilton concerning “my Letter 20th. Octr. 1790.” Letter not found. ] Joy had been a merchant in New York City from 1787 to 1790. At the end of 1790 he settled in London.
Reced in Newyork Octo: 20. 1790 from Alexander Hamilton Esqr: the Sum of fiftey one pounds 12/. in full of all Demands. £ 51-12-0 ADS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Robinson was a New York City contractor. See “Account with James Robinson,” February 22, 1788—October 19, 1790 .
Enclosed is my return of Cash for the last week, the balance of which being 555.30½ is in Specie. I also enclose an Account of a few articles of foreign manufacture, which were in June last, soon after this office was opened, exported (not for drawback) by Messrs Brown & Francis to the Cape de Verds: from whence they have within a few days past arrived in the same vessel, and been reported by...
[ Philadelphia ] October 25, 1790 . “Enclosed Herewith is accounts of the Expenditures in the Office of Superintendance of the Light House at Cape Henelopen &c., from the first of July to the first of October from which there appears A Ballance in my hands of three hundred and fifty four Dollars and Twenty Eight & one half Cents.… Part of the afforesaid Ballance has been Since paid away and as...
Philadelphia, October 25, 1790. Describes “repairs of the Piers Opposite to Reedy Island.” LS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “A,” Pennsylvania and Southern States, National Archives.
There are Doubts respecting the payment of Tonnage on new Vessells. The only reason perhaps such payment should follow the granting of a Register is, that on granting a Licence & Enrollement the Tonnage follows. I have now depending four or five cases, and request your opinion for my guide in future & am &c. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
Your letter of the 8th inst. I received yesterday on my return from an excursion up the Potowmack. I acquainted you on the 15th. instant that I had appointed Mr. Woodbury Langdon Commissioner of Loans for the State of New-Hampshire; but as it is probable from his brothers letter to you, that he will decline the appointment, I have now to inform you that I have no objection to Mr. Keith Spence...
By the 1st secto. of the Tonnage Act all Vessells enterd from a foreign Port, are made subject to the Duty on Tonnage. Quere Whether a Vessell putting in here in distress comes under the meaning of the said Act. By the Collection Law Page 27 no part of the Cargo of a Vessell compelled by distress of &c is made liable to Duty except such as may be sold for repairs &c. I have a spanish Vessell...
[ East Greenwich, Rhode Island, October 29, 1790. On December 13, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Arnold : “Your letter of the 29th. October has been received.” Letter not found. ] Arnold was surveyor of the port of East Greenwich.
Providence, October 29, 1790. “Enclosed is my Weekly return of Cash.… I also enclose a draft, which I have paid, of the Treasurer of the United States in favor of Wm Seton Esquire Cashier of the Bank of New York.… Since my last Messrs Brown & Francis have secured the payment of the duties on the returned articles therein mentioned.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence,...
Philadelphia, November 1, 1790. “I have annexed an abstract of Contracts and Services for which payment will be due in the Course of the present month to which I have added Estimate of the Expenditures for the present year up to the fifteenth of August Next.… It will appear from this abstract and Estimate that it is probable not more than three thousand five hundred Dollars will be wanted for...
Savannah, November 2, 1790. Discusses plans for the construction of a lighthouse on Tybee Island. ALS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “A,” Pennsylvania and Southern States, National Archives. Habersham was collector of customs at Savannah.
I have receiv’d your Letters by Coll. Humphreys and Monsr. Ducher, but Angelica and all my Family being at this Season of the Year establish’d in the Country I have not had it in my Power to shew them those Civilities I wish’d. I observe Wadsworth has paid four Thousand Dollars on my Account. When you can possibly spare Time from the multiplicity of your Public Duties I will thank you to send...
The Inclosed Memo I transmit for your opinion. The measures to be taken respecting Damaged goods are plainly set forth in Page 27 of the Collection Law. In Addition to what the Memo sets forth I would add that I am assured the Parties erred from Ignorance of the Law and not from any intention of injuring the Revenue. I am Sir   with great respect   Your Obedt &c LC , Bureau of Customs,...
The Betsey enterd the 25th Ulto and her cargo permitted in the course of 6 or 7 days. The goods as far as I have been informed have been sold at Auction on Acct of the Underwriters, had they been in Possession of the Merchant, I could have proceeded agreeably to Law. I have no documents or papers respecting the Claim other than the Memo transmitted for your decision. I was fully aware of the...
I have received your letter of the 28th. ultimo. The measures which you have taken to forward the building and equipment of the revenue Cutters, and to procure information respecting proper characters to be appointed inferior Officers, meet my approbation. You will please to inform Captain Law of his appointment, and furnish him with instructions similar to those you have given to the other...
The difficulty of makeing provision by a Genl. Law for the Regulation of Pilots and the Superintendence of the light houses, Buoys &c. appear to me to be insurmountable otherwise than by the Appointment of Commrs. in Each State (say 3) to reside at the principle port to give them Certain powers in the Act and authority to make bye Laws Subject to the Revision of the Presidt of the US. or...
[ Barre, Massachusetts, November 7, 1790. On January 16, 1791, Gibbs wrote to Hamilton : “I did myself the honor to address you the 7th. of Novr.” Letter not found. ] Gibbs and H had been close friends and associates during the American Revolution when both had served as aides-de-camp to George Washington.
Providence, November 8, 1790. “The master of the Sloop Samuel of this place late commanded by John Arnold, being changed, I have this day certified on the Register, numbered 22., that Wm Flemming is the present master.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives . ; LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
I am desired by the President and Directors to acknowledge the receipt of your Letter of the first instant, and to assure you that the strictest attention shall be paid to the line you have drawn for the disposal of such Bills on the different States as you may find convenient to lodge in this Bank. The Board have directed agreably to your desire, that a Weekly return be made to you of all the...
I have received your letters of the 26th. Ult: & 1st. Inst. The objection stated by you to the appointment of Mr. Spence being conclusive, I now enclose a letter from Mr. Wingate to me recommendatory of another Candidate, with my answer occasioned by the previous appointment of Mr. Woodbury Langdon, but should that Gentleman finally determine not to accept, and you learn, on enquiring, that...
This will be accompanied with a Diploma, in testimony of that respect, the sentiments of which I had the honour to express in the name of the Corporation of this Seminary. It gives us the greater pleasure to be certified by the acknowledged and obliging favour of your letter dated October 9th, 1790, that this tribute is not unacceptable. Majr. Jasper Murdock, who lives not far from us and in...
[ Annapolis, November 10, 1790. On November 17, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Davidson : “I have received your letter of the 10th. instant.” Letter not found. ] Davidson was collector of customs at Annapolis.
Bermuda Hundred [ Virginia ] November 10, 1790 . Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “private letter of the 15th of September last.” States that Mr. Brown was innocent of “intentional falsehood” in swearing that Dennis Butler, an Irishman and master of the ship Bowman , was a citizen of United States. Also states that “Mr. Heathcote … is as conscious of being innocent of an intentional false...
[ Mount Vernon, November 10, 1790. On November 11, 1790, Washington wrote to Hamilton : “Since writing to you yesterday.…” Letter not found. ]
A few days before I left New York I took the liberty of mentioning to you, Capt John Howell as a man qualified to Command the Cutter intended to be Stationed in the Georgia District. Since my arrival here I have had applications from many to interest myself with you in their favour, but am of opinion their pretensions are very inferior to Capt Howell’s, and I now take the liberty of making you...
Since writing to you yesterday I have received your letter of the 6th. inst: enclosing the copy of one from Mr. Skinner to you, wherein he expresses his intention to continue in Office, which in conformity to your opinion, I am willing he should do. You will therefore destroy the letter, which I enclosed to you in my last, for Colo. Thomas. The person recommended by Capt. Taylor to be his...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 11, 1790. Encloses “Quarterly Return of Goods exported from this District to the 30th Septr.” States that it is not always possible to indicate on the forms the destination of goods exported from Portsmouth. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives.
Providence, November 12, 1790. “Enclosed is my return of Cash for the week past.… I also enclose a duplicate list of five Bank notes.… The Sloop Polly, James Munro Jr late master, registered in this office the 24. of July last, being sold out of the United States, the Certificate of Registry … was yesterday returned and the bond cancelled.” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at...
I send you two books & five papers found in the files relative to Mint & coinage —also the weights of the principal coins of the Nations you mentioned taken from the Bank information. Tomorrow afternoon the Assays are to be made. I have not yet got the copper cost & charges. I find the old dollar (the best) in Sir I. N.s tables, which is 17.12 gr. valued at 4/6 would make the Dutch Ducatoon of...
I now forward Subscription accounts with the Certificates, Indents & money of the old emission received with them on account of a Loan to the United states from the 1st to the 31st day of October inclusive also Vouchers for the issue of Certificates to the Subscribers of said Loan. I have uniformley signed the Certificates issued by me & have inserted the number names & sums in the Marginal...
Boston, November 16, 1790. Presents a new design for lighthouse lamps to elimate soot accumulation on the glass. ALS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “B,” New Hampshire and Massachusetts, National Archives.