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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, 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 ] December 26, 1793 . “I received your favor of the 9th Instant.… On estimating the Allowances to Vessels licensed after the last day of May for the Cod Fishery & those licensed before that date & since the 1st. of January last which were intended for that Fishery I find the amount to be 2497 ³⁰⁄₁₀₀ Dollars, as it is probable Some of the Vessels licensed may fail in...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 12, 1792. “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th. of last Month together with three Commissions for the Mates of the Revenue Cutter. That for Mr. Flagg the first mate I now return he having left the Service of which information was given in my letter of the 15th. Ulto.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 28, 1792. “Your letter of the 4th. instant I had the honor to receive the 21st. and conformably with your directions I now give you the Name of Benjamin Gunnison as a Suitable person for the first Mate of the Revenue Cutter Scammel.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from...
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,...
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 ] 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, 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...
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...
I have recd. your letter of the 22 Ulto. & have communicated it to Capt. Yeaton. Conceiving that I can in no better way possess you of Cap. Yeatons reasons for deviating from your limits and my directions respecting the fitting of the Cutter, than by transmitting you his letter to me on that Subject I now inclose it. I must observe that the last additional and reprehensive clause of your...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] October 7, 1794 . “I enclose you a Statement of Payments on Account of the Fortifications for the harbour of Portsmouth (to the 4th. instant), amounting to Dolls 2229 ²⁴⁄₁₀₀ dollars. The estimated amount of the expence of compleating the Work directed … is 348 dollars.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1793–1794, Vol. 5,National...
Having collected & discharged the Several bills against the Revenue Cutter Scammel, I now transmit you herewith Inclosed my Account for the Vessel, & Vessels Stores. The Stores with Some Small disbursments amounts to 157 ⁸⁸⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. and the Vessel to 1255 ⁹⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. which includes every article applied to her use except 12 pieces of Sail Cloth Sent from Boston by Genl Lincoln of which I...
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, February 1, 1792. “The Packet herewith enclosed contains the Accts. of the Revenue Cutter Scammel to the 31 of December last. In addition to the payments made to Cap Yeaton for his Wages and Rations from the date of his Commission (the 21st. of March 1791), he claims allowance of Wages & Rations from the 6th. of Octr. 1790 as the time of his appointmt: as Stated in...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] April 25, 1794 . “Since the receipt of your letter of the 3d instant … directing the appointment of an agent for procuring labour & Materials & paying the disbursements of the Fortifications proposed for this harbour—I have taken much pains, but have not hitherto been able to procure an apt person to undertake the Services of this agency on the terms of 3 ⅌ Cent...
I had the honor to receive by the last post, your letter of the 7th. instant. Capt Yeaton being absent on a Cruize I cannot obtain his final answer respective the Supply of Rations for the Scammel other than his proposal already transmitted which I shall do on his return. In the mean time I could wish to be informed in case of a Contract with others, what amount of Articles shall be contracted...
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.
On the 9th. of June last I had the honor to write you on the Subject of my emoluments as Collector of the Customs for the district of Portsmouth and transmitted you a Statement of them for one Year in Conformity with your Circular direction of the 14th. of April. The Many important public matters which continually arrests your attention I imagine would hardly admit of your reporting on every...
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...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] May 16, 1793 . “Agreeably to your directions of the 2d instant.… I enclose you a Copy of the manifest of the Cargo of the Brig Rising Sun, as exhibited by the Master on the day of the Vessels arrival—also Schedules of the articles Seized and of those found on board the Vessel after the delivery of the Cargo, agreeing with the Masters mem: produced after the...
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 .
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, 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, 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 ] January 16, 1792 . Acknowledges receipt of unsigned letter from Treasury Department. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 28, 1792. “Herewith I enclose you an account of the expence of Supporting the Lighthouse for the Quarter ending the 31st. of Dec past.… I have no remarks to make on the Lighthouse respectg its repairs, but its construction does not admit of its being so usefull as the Situation of it requires. I enclose a Contract for supples & attendance on the Lighthouse...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] November 24, 1792 . “Your Circular letter dated the 25th. Octo. came to my hands the 15th. instant: Comformably to a direction therein contained I enclose you an estimate of the amount of Bounties payable on the 31st. of Decr. next on fishing Vessels that have been licenced in this district, the amount whereof is Dollo. 2091.50. I do not conceive that any claims...
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, 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...
I conceive it to be a duty incumbent on me to mention to you that the ill State of Health of the Judge of this district has prevented his attendance at the two last Courts, in consequence of which two actions brought to that Court on Bonds for Impost duties have failed in their expected issue, and I have been induced to put a third in Suit at the State Court of Common Pleas to avoid the like...
I had the honor to receive your letter of the 28th ultimo. I sincerely Lament the ill success of my endeavours to restore to your Lady her servant on the request of Mr Wolcott—It had indeed become a subject of Anxiety to me on an Idea that her services were very valuable to her mistress and not readily to be replaced. My mode of proceeding then, was adapted to my feelings on the Occasion for I...
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...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] May 22, 1793 . “… Capt. Yeaton informs me he has sustained considerable loss in furnishing provisions for the Cutter at 12 cents per Ration for several quarters past & requests an augmentation of the Stipend if he continues the Supply and desires also the deficiencies of past quarters, since his Contract expired may be made up—his application on this Subject I now...
Penetrated with the most lively sensations of gratitude to that Being who has preserved this country a second time from the fangs of tyranny by your elevation to the station of chief Magistrate—Permit me Sir to express my joy on the Occasion and to declare in the openness of an undissembling heart that no event of my countrys prosperity—not even the acknowledgment of its independancy has ever...
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, 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...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] January 30, 1792 . Has “exchanged Cash” for “a Note of the bank of the United States No. 314 for two thousand Dollars dated Jany 17. 1792,” despite the fact the cash received for the note exceeds “the Amount of Specie received Since the last return.” Realizes that this transaction represents “a deviation from the instruction” in Hamilton’s circular letter of...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
[ 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. ]
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, 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.
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...
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...
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, 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...