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With great respect I beg permission to address your Excellency and to Congratulate you on your election to the Chair of Government. The happy event of your accepting the appointment diffuses the utmost Satisfaction to every Friend of his Country. Without the foundation of any claim to the freedom of writing to you from being known to your Excellency, I take the liberty to inform you that I am...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 22, 1789. Encloses report on customs duties. Promises to transmit quarterly statements of tonnage and impost duties. Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives. Whipple was collector of the state impost from 1785 to 1789, and United States collector of customs at Portsmouth from 1789 to 1798. H had requested this report in...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 10, 1789. “In compliance with … your letter of the 1st inst. respecting Light Houses, Beacons &c I have to inform you that there is one Light House in this District at the entrance of the harbour of this Port situate on a point of land on the Island of New Castle placed without the walls of Fort William & Mary which commands the entrance.…” Copy, RG 56,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 11, 1789. Encloses an account “of Rects & payts to the 3rd October instant & also for the week ending the 10th Inst.” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives; LC , fragment, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 29, 1789. Describes the safeguards needed to check smuggling in New Hampshire. Presents merchants’ complaints concerning the method used for calculating ships’ tonnage for levying the tonnage tax. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 16, 1789. Encloses “Weekly return of receipts and payments to the 14th instant.” Asks if duties are to be calculated on the basis of a ship’s manifest. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 26, 1789. Asks that a uniform ruling be made on “the propriety of measuring Foreign Vessels that have Registers.” Requests instructions on the levying of tonnage and import taxes on foreign ships that enter Portsmouth but also intend to call at other United States ports. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol.1, National...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 30, 1789. Asks “whether Bonds for Duties shall be put in Suit immediately after they shall fall due or whether one or more days notice shall be given.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 4, 1789. Transmits the New Hampshire revenue laws. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives. This letter is in reply to “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” November 25, 1789 .
Your letter of the 15th October inclosing queries Concerning the Navigation of the several States remains to be answered In hopes of obtaining other information than what had fallen under my own observation prevented an earlier Answer. The enquiries that I have had opportunity of making have furnished but little addition. I now inclose answers to those queries—on Some of which I shall here...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 21, 1789. “… I now inclose my Weekly Return to the 19th instant agreeably to the new Form leaving out Bonds &c. In the Forms recd. I do not observe any mention of Goods deposited for the security of the duties which the Law admits of. I shall therefore place them till otherways directed in Accots. with Bonds which I conceive will be the proper place for...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 27, 1790. Encloses the New Hampshire statutes relating to taxation and the regulation of commerce. ADf , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives. These laws had been requested by H in “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors...
[ Portsmouth, New Hampshire ] February 10, 1790 . “I have inclosed herewith returns of the exports from this District.… In these returns will be observed the small proportion of the large quantities of Pot Ashes manufactured in this State that are exported from this District as well as of every other article of our produce.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 18, 1790. Encloses “a Statement of the emoluments that have accrued to the officers respectively to the 1st. of January.” Discusses “the effect that the late war had on the Mercantile interest to this State—that of turning the channel of business both of exports & imports thro’ the State of Massts.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 22, 1790. Submits corrected statement of the annual income of the Portsmouth customs officials. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives. See Whipple to H, February 18, 1790 .
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 11, 1790. Calls attention to an omission in Hamilton’s calculation of the discount permitted for prompt payment of customs duties in the Treasury Department circular of February 17, 1790. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 20, 1790. “I have enclosed here with my quarterly Accots. to the 31 March. There are Several Small articles of Charge in account of expences on the revenue not authorized by any particular direction, but those articles being indispensibly necessary I concieve will not be disapproved of.… By the 23 Section of the Act for Registering, regulating the Coasting...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 3, 1790. Encloses “Weekly return of receipts & payments to the 1st. instant and a monthly Schedule of Bonds given for duties in this district in the Month of April past.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 10, 1790. Sends an account of payments to invalid veterans. States that New Hampshire “has paid Several of those Invalids to the 31 July 1789,” but that additional money “is requisite to discharge the first Moiety of the Said years Pension.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1789–1790, Vol. 1, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 17, 1790. “Inclosed is a weekly return of monies received and paid in this district to the 15th instant. My last letter (May 10th) stated the amount of the first Moiety of Invalid Pensioners in New Hampshire at 1661 ⁹⁸⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. This should have been $1660 ⁹⁸⁄₁₀₀.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 31, 1790. “I am honord with your letter of the 13th May instant in which I am directed to retain in my hands One thousand eig⟨ht⟩ hundred thirty Seven Dollars for the payment of the Second Moiety of one years pension to the Invalids in this State. The amount of said Moiety pr. the list transmitted me by the Secretary at War is Two thousand thirty seven Dollars...
I am favourd with your letter of the 1st. Instant ⟨wh⟩ich mentions a “copy of the Act for the establishment of Light houses, Beacons, Buoys & public piers” to be therewith Sent. This act was omitted to be enclosed with your letter & as I conceive a knowledge of its contents essential to my understanding perfectly the business which is required by it, I shall only observe at present that the...
I have delayed to answer your favor of the 21st. June in expectation that I should be enabled to inform the moti⟨v⟩es which induced the Legislature again to Negative a motion for the Cession of the Light house. I am informed that the house of Representatives rejected the report of a Committee for Cedeing the Light house & 3 Acres of Land which included the ground Occupied for a parade &...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 3, 1790. Has neglected furnishing Hamilton with duplicates of ships’ registers because of the pressure of other duties. Transmits “duplicates of such of said Certificates as have been granted in this District, Twenty of which … are inclosed.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 13, 1790. “Inclosed herewith is the Weekly return of Money recd and paid … to the 11th. instant. Your letter dated the 17th. August mentions the rect. of my ‘Letter of the 23 July with a paid draught No. 325 of the Treasurer of the United States’ … it is erroneous, no bill of that No. having been paid by me.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, September 30, 1790. “In Conformity with the 12th Section of the Act for Registering & Clearing Vessels I herewith enclose Copies of the Memos, enclosed on Certificates of Registry, of the Change of Masters that appear to have taken place in Vessels belonging to this district. Inclosed also are the Certificates of Registry of Vessels given up in consequence of 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...
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.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 10, 1790. “On the receipt of your letter of the 1st of June last containing directions respecting the Lighthouse in this State, I made proposals to the person employd by the State in the care of the Fort & Lighthouse, but having reason to expect the Cession of the latter by the Legislature then in Session the Contract was delayed; On the rising of the Court...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 25, 1791. Encloses “quarterly Accounts to the 31st. Ultimo.” Requests information on the implementation of the “53rd Section of Collection Act,” which provides that “the Commission for Collecting … be charged on the amount of all monies received on account of duties .” Asks how weighmasters should be compensated “for weighing including tare of packages.” Asks...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 5, 1791. “In compliance with the directions given in your Circular letter of the 20th. January 1790 I enclosed you the 18th. of February following a Statement of the emoluments of the officers of the Customs in this district for one year; but as that Statement was founded partly on Calculation it could not be accurate. I flattered myself however that such...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 9, 1791. “In Conformity with the directions given in your Circular letter of the 17th. May last respecting Seizures, I have to inform you that a Small Seizure has been made in this district, consisting of one Barrel, one half Barrel & three Small Bags Coffee.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National...
Your letter of the 23rd Ulto. I have received and in pursuance of your directions have agreed for the Hull of a Vessel for a Cutter for this Station of 44 feet Keel payable (say 46 Straight rabbet) 15 Beam & 6½ hold at 9 Dollars pr. Ton. I could find no person on whom I could depend for a good Vessel that would undertake the whole equipments fit for Sea at 22½ Dollrs. per Ton, or indeed at any...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 4, 1791. Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “letter of the 18 Decr. last together with Dycas’s & Colles’s Hydrometers.” States that Colles’s hydrometer may not be “truly graduated” and that there is a defect in the bulb of Dycas’s hydrometer. Requests a new bulb. LC , RG 36, Portsmouth Collector, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 9, 1791. “I this day recd from the Collector Benj Lincoln Esqr. of Boston 12 ps Canvas which I presume are intended for Sails for the Cutter. I had engaged the Canvas of the Mafactory here but have now Countermanded it.… Be pleased to advise what articles for equiping the Vessel or for Stores are to be forwarded that I may avoid making unnecessary purchases.” LC...
[ Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 10, 1791. On May 17, 1791, Whipple wrote to Hamilton and referred to “My last letter (May 10th).” Letter not found. ]
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 17, 1791. “… My last letter (May 10th) Stated the amount of the first moiety of Invalid Pensioners in New Hampshire at 1661 ⁹⁸⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. This Should have been 1660 ⁹⁶⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. which last mentioned Sum is the precise amount of the Said moiety deducting the Sum of 376 ³⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. paid by the State to those Pensioners.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at...
In consequence of a Circular letter of the Asistant Secretary dated the 10th. of March last a few weeks since received, I herewith inclose you Returns of the decked Vessels built in the District of Portsmouth N. H. for two Succeeding years, the first commencing the 4th. of March 1789. The Same letter Signifid to me your wish to have forwarded from time to time as they may come into my hands...
Your Circular letter of the 14th. of April came to my hands the 20th Ultimo. Availing myself of the indulgence of the house of Representatives in committing to your examination and report, the emoluments of the Officers of the Customs I do myself the honor to transmit you here with a Statement of the emoluments of my office as Collector of the Customs District of Portsmouth for the four...
I have recd. the assistant Secretarys letter of the 12th. Ulto. inclosing a form of a Return of Outward Tonnage which I now return inclosed, filled up, except the Fishing Tonnage which is left blank being in doubt whether it might not have been intended to include the Smaller Vessels. This blank may be filled up by your direction from the Mem. that Accompaneys the Return in which a...
Your Circular letter of the 13th. Ulto. respecting duties having been received on estimates of Cargoes &c, and respecting the Custom of Merchants & practice of Custom Houses in calculating the tare on goods was received the 3rd. instant. It has been my invariable practice to receive duties only on actual weighing, gauging & measuring, when the articles were of a Nature, which rendered it in my...
The Carpenter who undertook the Hull of the Revenue Cutter building in this port having been Sick Several Weeks the Work was unavoidably delay’d. She will be launched in 8 or 10 days. The Station of 3rd Mate being Still vacant I would beg leave to name Samuel Hobert, a young man of whom I have heard a good Character, & the Nomination of him is made by Capt Yeaton. I now transmit you An Act...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 23, 1791. Acknowledges receipt of the “Commissions of the three first officers of the Revenue Cutter.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] July 26, 1791 . Describes the case of “the Brig Polly Wentworth R. Miller Master,” which arrived from France on October 1, 1790. States that “a quantity of plaister of Paris which is exempted from duty was inserted in the Manifest,” but that the manifest did not include “a quantity of Bur Stone.” Points out that Miller did not appear “to be acquainted with the...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 24, 1791. “The Revenue Cutter being ready for Sea will proceed on a Cruize immediately; no arms or Military Stores having yet come to hand, I will borrow for the first Cruize Such as may be necessary. The person named for 3rd mate Should have been Samuel Hobart instead of Saml Hubert as copied in your letter of the 12th. Ulto. Herewith is inclosed a...
With my letter to you of the 24 Ulto. I inclosd a description of the Cutter & gave a name for her which was handed to me at the Moment of closing the letter. Since which I have been informed there is a British public Vessel of the Name of the Ferret in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. I conceive there woud be an impropriety in giving a Cutter of the United States the Same Name & therefore request...
Your Circular letter dated the 5th. of August respecting two missing Certificates of Registry, Enjoining the Seasonable transmission of Returns, Noticing the failure of complying with the opinions of Messrs. Jones and Harrison, The Information Stating a practice of Measuring Vessels of the United States previously Registered, And requesting a Copy of the Table of Fees, was received the 25th....
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] September 16, 1791 . “The Dicas’s Hydrometer forwardd me to replace the One first Sent which proved defective came to hand but having found a workman who has effectually repaired the defective one, I have two on hand one of which I will direct as you will please to order. The Thermometer that was forwardd from the Treasury is by Accident broken. It was in the hands...
Inclosed herewith I transmit you my Account of payment for the Support of the Lighthouse Establishment in this district from the commencing of that expence on the 15th. of August 1789 to the 30th. of June last. This Return has been detained with a view of accompanying it with a plan of the Lighthouse and the Land Adjacent lately Ceded by this State to the United States, but the Surveyor who...
Mr. Flag who was appointed 1st mate of the Revenue Cutter having been absent ever since his appointment has lately returned home, & having enterd into engagements in the Service of a Merchant as Master of a Vessel declines the Acceptance of his Commission which I now return inclosed herewith. I beg leave to name John Parrot the 2nd Mate to fill the Station of 1st. Mate, his Conduct since he...