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[ Boston, 1789. ] Discusses the difficulty of distinguishing between goods on which duties have been paid and those on which they have not been paid. Proposes a system of branding casks, chests, and boxes, and marking bales to prevent smuggling. LC , RG 36, Letters from the Treasury and Others, 1789–1818, Vol. 11, National Archives.
At my last interview I mentioned to your Excellency my apprehensions that there were some influential characters in the United States, who, if a change of the Constitution could not be effected in the first instance would endeavour to destroy the influence of the new government and make it subsurvient to the views of the different States. I see no reason since to change my opinion but am...
I had the pleasure a few days since of receiving your Excellencys very kind favor of the 11 Ulto—My letter to which you refer was of such a nature that I did not expect an answer for I was confident that there had been a great number of applications and that the line of conduct which your Excellency adopted was the one which you would pursue —I expected no more than to be on the roll of those...
When at the close of the war I left public life I had not the least idea of ever returning to it again—I then supposed that by the exercise of industry & œconomy (in the habits of them I was early educated) in private pursuits I should be able to give bread to my family in the evening of life, but painful to relate, things are much changed from causes over which I had no controul. From the...
I had the last evening the pleasure of receving your Excellencys very kind and welcome favour of the 31st Ulto—It will be pleasing indeed to our citizens, when they find that federal ideas increase in your part of the United States. Things here wear a complexion, which evince, that a large majority of our people are friends to the new constitution, and I am confident they will embrace the...
I mentioned in my last that our Senators were chosen—This common wealth has been divided into Eight districts each having a right to chuse one representative to the general Government. Each town was directed to return the name of two persons for electors of President & vice President from the two highest in each district the General court are to chuse one this will make Eight and two are to be...
I have been honour with the receipt of your two favors Octr— and the 14th Ulto—The information conveyed by them is pleasing and interesting it at once relieved my mind from a state of painful anxiety and impressed in its stead sensations the most agreeable. Last Thursday our votes were given in for representatives and for electors of President and vice President Mr Ames is probably chosen for...
I have the pleasure of transmitting to your Excellency a publication containing a number of letters written some time since by Mr J: Adams—It is the only copy which I have seen And it appears by the authors advertisement that we may not soon expect to see it generally circulating—The writer has I think discovered great knowledge of our country and of the state of our affairs and conducted his...
I have the pleasure of inclosing to your Excellency a political publication which lately made its appearance in this Commonwealth. It was ushered into light with all that cover of secrecy which often attends that of an illegitimate child. The father however has shared the fate which is common in such cases his likness being so strongly impressed upon his offspring that all our shrewd observers...
I was my dear general a few days since in Boston where I had the pleasure of receiving your favor of the 23d Ulto. The information which your Excellency has received, respecting the machinations of the antifederal characters, appears from what circulates in this part of the country, but too well founded. I have no doubt, but every exertion will be made to introduce into the new government, in...