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[ Providence, November 3, 1792. On December 12, 1792, Hamilton wrote to Channing, Dexter, and Olney : “I have yet to reply to your letter of the 3d. ultimo.” Letter not found. ] Channing was United States attorney for the District of Rhode Island; Dexter was supervisor of the revenue for Rhode Island; Olney was collector of customs at Providence.
The importation into this District, made by Mr. Cutts of Ports-mouth, was on the 28th Day of May last, in the Ship Lark, Jno. Munro Master from Bordeaux. I do not recollect whether the Invoice specified the difference between Assignats and Specie; but the Duties (secured by Messrs. Clark & Nightingale, owners of the Lark) were calculated on the latter amount, being 1,487 Dollars and 35½ Cents,...
Providence, April 24, 1794. “The Act continuing the Embargo, and that passed the Second Instant, have come to hand. Is any Bond to be taken for a registered Vessel, bound from One District to another in the United States … in Ballast only? ” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” April 18, 1794 .
Providence, June 7, 1791. “I have received your Two circular Letters of the 25th and 26th of May. The information contained in the first, relative to the Emoluments of the Officers of the Customs, I have communicated to the Naval Officer and Surveyors of this District, agreeable to your request. I shall attend to what you say in providing for the Boat wanted for the Service of this Harbour.…”...
Providence, May 12, 1791. Encloses “weekly Return of Cash” and “Two Drafts of the Treasr.” Acknowledges receipt of a “Thermometer, forwarded by the Collr. of New York.” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
The Ship Warren, burthen about 281 Tons, belonging to Messrs. Brown & Francis of this Town, being bound on a Voyage to Calcutta, having part of her Cargo onboard, composed of the Articles contained in the enclosed copy of a Manifest, (since delivered) and not Registered under the present Government of the United States, sailed from hence on the 25th. instant, for Newport, there to take in the...
Providence, July 5, 1792. “On Monday Morning, the 2nd. Instant, the Master of the Ship Hope from Surinam, the Cargo of which was discharged the preceding Saturday afternoon, informed me that from a hint given by one of his Sailors, he had discovered a bag and one keg of brown Sugar, weighing 109 lb, concealed within the Sealing of the Cabin, but by whom he could not learn: a design to defraud...
Providence, March 31, 1791. “I have received Mr. Coxe’s circular Letter of the 10th. instant. The Returns of Vessels built in this District, within the periods therein mentioned, shall be forwarded as soon as I can obtain a competent knowledge thereof. And should any Documents, relative to the Commerce, Manufactures &c. of this State, fall into my hands, they shall be transmitted agreeable to...
Providence, December 8, 1791. “… Having recd. a Letter from the Master of the Cutter Argus, informing me, that the Schooner Alice was at Anchor about Four Miles from Rhode-Island LightHouse when his Mate boarded her, I have this day requested the District Attorney to commence a Prosecution against Captain Andrus.” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence. For background to this...
Providence, December 24, 1790. “I have this day received your letter of the 13. instant. Contrary to what Mr Brown informed me was his intention, the ship Warren did not return from Newport to this port; but having completed her lading there, she sails, as I am informed, about this time for India. I have only to add that she lay four days in the harbour of Newport without any Papers entitling...
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.
At the Circuit Court held in this Town on the 7th Instant, the Grand Jury found bills of Indictment against Metcalf Bowler and Zebedee Hunt Junr., Masters of the Brigantine Mariah and Schooner Nancy, for departing from the Harbour of Newport on a Forreign Voyage, in Violation of the Embargo Act passed the 26th of March last. Capt. Hunt being arraigned, pled Guilty to the Charge. The Court...
When I wrote you on the 14th Int. on the Subject of the Suits of Messrs. Arnold & Dexter, my Intention was to have made application to the Superiour Court to be held in the County of Kent on the 28 Int. for a Special Jury to be Taken up for the purpose of assessing the Damages—but it is Mr. Barne’s opinion that no time will be gained by this Step as the verdict of the Jury cannot be...
Providence, May 16, 1791. “There being but one Public Boat in this District and that Constantly employed by the Inspector at the Port of Pawtuxet and so down the Bay, I find it Necessary that a Suitable one with Sails should be provided for the use of the Surveyor and Inspectors of this Port, to go on Board of Vessels, and particularly such as are frequently detained (by head winds &c.) for...
Providence, January 23, 1792. “… I … enclose a short Statemt. of the Monies which will become payable into, and of such as will probably be demandable out of, this Office, between this Time and the 14th of May next; by which it will appear that I shall have as much to pay as I have to receive: I shall therefore omit my weekly deposits in the Providence Bank until I am favored with your...
Providence, July 10, 1793. “I have recd. your Letter of the 25th of June. My Accounts for the first quarter of the present Year, having been compleated and transmitted to the Treasury on the First Day of April, I supposed the Summary amount of Duties, for that period, unnecessary; and that it was required only because, in many instances, the Accounts were and will be unavoidably delayed...
It frequently happens, in the Winter Season, that vessels, belonging and bound to this place, are obliged by the Ice, to stop off Warwick-Neck, just without this district, and about eleven miles from hence, where they are almost always unavoidably detained 24 hours, and often from two to fifteen days, and as the river is now frozen up, and several vessels are daily expected from Sea: I ask the...
The Office of District Attorney for Rhode Island being vacant by the Death of William Channing Esqr. and some of the Merchants having recommended to the President of the United States, David Howell Esqr. to Succeed to that Office, and knowing him to be very much under the Influence of those Characters who have long and with violence, opposed me in a Just Execution of the revenue laws —I have...
Messrs Clarke and Nightingale are about Exporting a Quantity of Brandy to Cape Francois—imported into this district in the Ship Lark in May last from Bourdeaux—and have applyed to me for information. Wheather said Brandy may not on Return of the Vessel be relanded here, (in case it cannot be Sold to advantage in the Cape) Free of duty and the Exportation Bond Cancelled without a Breach of Law,...
The Sloop Abigail of this Port, burthen 46 ⁶³⁄₉₅ Tons, Michael Anthony Master, arrived here on the 24th instant, having a Register, and a License which expired on the 5th Day of the present Month: he cleared his Vessel at New-York on the 20th Instant; and appears to have committed a breach of the 6th Section of the new Coasting Law; but as that Section makes a distinction between registered ,...
Providence, October 30, 1792. “In conformity to your circular Letter of the 4th of June last, I enclose a copy of the rough Estimate of Duties on the Cargo of Brigantine George William, from Bordeaux, which contains an Abstract of the Invoices exhibited, and the computations made toward ascertaining the Duties, previous to taking the Bonds. A note at the bottom of the Abstract, will show how...
Providence, February 27, 1794. “I have recd. your circular Letter of the 10th Instant. There have been no Privateers equipped in this District, nor any Prizes sent therein.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
The seventh Section of the Act, passed the last Session of Congress, “concerning the Duties on Spirits distilled within the United States,” allows “an abatement for leakage at the rate of Two ⅌ Cent, in every case in which the duty shall be payable by the gallon of the spirits distilled:” this abatement, it appears to me, was intended to be made, on securing the Duties at the end of the...
By the last Post I acknowledged the receipt of your confidential, and very Friendly Letter of the 2nd Instant, and I embrace the first leisure moment to express my Gratitude, and return my sincere Thanks for the kindness of the motives which prompted you to write it. Your flattering approbation of my official Conduct in general, and the intimation you have been pleased to give of the great...
Providence, June 21, 1791. “Mr. Daniel Bucklin Junior has now retd. from Virginia: he having again reassumed the Command of a Coasting Vessel in good employ, and being disappointed in his first expectation of second , he declines accepting the station of Third Mate, onboard the Cutter building in Connecticut.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the...
Providence, April 21, 1791. “I have been Honor’d with your favour of 11th Inst.… I am much obliged Sir, by your friendly communication and advice Respecting the Future prospect of a further Compensation to be made the Officers of the Customs.… I will Continue to execute the Duties of my Office, presuming, that it cannot be the Interest or Intention of the Legislature to appoint a person as...
Providence, May 17, 1791. “I was honored, by the last Post, with your circular Letter of the 14th of April, on the Subject of a Statement of the Monies received, and Expenses paid, by the Officers of the Revenue in this District, for the Four quarters in the Year 1790; but as a Year will not be compleated with us until the 21st of June next, I beg leave respectfully to suggest the propriety of...
Providence, May 3, 1792. “… I beg leave Sir to recall your attention to my Letter of the 9th of April; and to express my anxiety for the replacing the Sum therein mentioned by the 12th instant; otherwise, should the 9,253 Dollars, due that Day, for Drawbacks on Teas exported, be then demanded, it will not be in my power to observe that punctuality, which, as Collector, the Law obliges me to...
Providence, December 12, 1794. Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “Letter of the 27th of November, relative to the payment of Allowances to fishing Vessels.” States that “there is not one, belonging to this District, entitled to any.” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
Providence, October 25, 1791. Acknowledges Hamilton’s “Letter of the 14th instant, covering part of the Margin of the Certificate of Registry … granted for Sloop Susannah.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives. As this letter deals with routine Treasury Department matters, it has not been printed ( LS ,...
Providence, August 23, 1790. Suspects that “a note for one hundred Dollars, issued … at the Bank of New York” is a counterfeit. Asks Hamilton for instructions. Asks if the expense of appraising imported goods should be defrayed by the importer or the government. Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives; ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
In conformity to your circular Letters of the 14th. of April and 25th of May, I now enclose an Account of all the Fees and Commissions received, and the Expences paid, by the Officers of the Customs in this District, the latter in detail, and the former as much so as, I hope, will prove satisfactory. By the Statement in the Tenth page, it will appear how the Account stands at the end of the...
Providence, October 21, 1793. “Agreeable to my expectation, communicated to you on the 23rd. Ulto. the Suits of Messrs. Arnold and Dexter (now pending before the Superiour Court of this State) against me in the case of the Brigantine Neptune, is Continued for want of a District Attorney.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence. See Olney to H, November 7 , 28 , December 13 , 27,...
Since I had the Honor to address you 23rd. Inst. on the Subject of——; I have had the pleasure of a Full Conversation with Mr. A. He is Zealous in the matter and assures me he will go forward in one of the New York Packets by the last of this Week. I have wrote Mr. H. on the Subject and Warmly urged the Necessity of his going on with his Colleague Mr. A. and have made him an offer of a Draught...
Providence, October 4, 1791. “I have recd. your Letter of the 24th of September. A Libel had been previously filed agt. the Brigt. Betsey and the Ten Kegs of Brandy; and the Owners are pursuing the Steps of the Law for relief, which I hope will be attended with no great Expence.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence,...
[ Providence, November 15, 1792. On November 27, 1792, Hamilton wrote to Olney : “Your letter of the 15th instant has been duly received … in relation to the Brig Neptune.” Letter not found. ]
I have Just been Honor’d with your favr. of 4th Inst. on the Subject of my being Designated by the President to pay the Invalid pensions of this State. You may be assured Sir that it affords me the most Singular pleasure to find that I am so much in the Remembrance of the President as to be Designated by him to Execute that Trust, and my Feelings Sir are no less Gratified in the Reflection...
Agreeable to my expectation, as communicated in a former letter; Welcome Arnold Esqr. has commenced a Suit against me for the detention &c. of his Brigantine Neptune, in not granting a permit to Mr. Edward Dexter (who Received from him a Collusive Transfer of the Cargo) to unload, while his Bond in Suit remained unpaid. Mr. Dexter has also commenced a Suit for refusing him the usual Credit on...
The ships Vigilant and Hope, belonging and bound to this place from foreign Ports, were by distress of weather obliged, on the 25. & 27 December, to put into New London, where they were admitted to an entry, and the duties secured to be there paid. They have since arrived here with their Cargoes; and I observe, by an estimate of the duties on that of the Vigilant, that none were demanded on...
Providence, August 7, 1793. Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “Letters of the 22nd. 24th. and 27th of July.” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence. Letter not found. “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” July 27, 1793 .
I have received your circular Letter of the 4th Instant. I will endeavor to comply with your Instructions in estimating the value of ad Valorem Goods which may be imported into this District from France; but I foresee difficulties in practicing the Third criterion, preferred by you, which appears to me essentially to involve the Fourth; for to ascertain the Prices of similar Articles prior to...
Since my Return to Providence I have made enquiry Respecting fit persons to be Surveyors for Warren, Bristol & Pawcatuck River—but I cannot find but one person for the Port of Bri[s]tol, a Mr. Samuel Bozworth who is, as I am informed a very Good Character, & held the office under the State. Mr. Ellery probably may inform you of Suitable persons for the other Two ports. Danl. Updike as mention...
On the Thirteenth instant Entered here, from Bordeaux, the Brigantine Betsey, John Arnold Master, the Property of Mr. Stephen Dexter of this Place: In her were imported Ten Kegs of Brandy, consigned to James Johnson of New-York; which, together with the Vessel, being forfeited by the 33 Section of the Excise Act, I have requested the District Attorney to proceed against them as the law...
Providence, June 25, 1790. “Your favor of 17th. Inst. transmitting your instructions and communications to the several Collectors of the United States came to hand this day.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, 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 Have been honored with your Letter of 30th Ulto. & in reply to that part of it respecting the appointment of the Second and Third mate of the Cutter building in Connecticutt I beg leave to remark that Mr. Jeremiah Greenman is exceedingly mortified (after throwing himself out of the best Imploy in this Town and waiting four or five months with a reasonable expectation of Receiving an...
Providence, December 26, 1791. “I have received your Letter of the 14th. Instant: The contents shall be attended to; and the result of the first Instance that occurs, respecting unshelled Coffee, shall be communicated to you.…” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
Providence, September 20, 1792. “I have received your circular Letters of the 31st of August and 8th Instant; and will pay due attention to their Contents.” ADfS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
Agreeable to the directions in your Letter of the 10th Instant, I shall on Thursday next, pay into the Bank of Providence, the Balance of my weekly Return of Cash, and continue to do the same, on that Day in every Week, deducting only my Commissions, the Drafts you mention being all paid, and Office Expences are always included in the Return. I wish to be informed Sir, whether the Money thus...
I have the Honor to Transmit (under cover of your care) for the Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, the writs of Error and Citations with copies of the proceedings (before the State court) in the Suits of Welcome Arnold and Edward Dexter, against me, relative to the Brigantine Neptune. I respectfully request Sir, after examining those papers, you will please to cause them to be...