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Your detachment is to remain at Morris Town till further orders, with which, and the Militia now here, you are to Guard the Stores of different kinds, in the most effectual manner you are able. Endeavour, as far as it is in your power, to Strengthen the works already begun upon the Hill near this place, and erect such others as are necessary for the better defending of it, that it may become a...
You are immediately to march with Colo. Angells Regt to Providence by the Rout above mentioned. The Regt is still to be annexed to a Brigade which will be formed under the command of Genl Varnum, under whose command you are to put yourself if you meet with him upon the march. You are to use every possible endeavour to prevent your men from stragling or committing any kind of hurt or waste to...
You will immediately upon the receipt of this send forward to the Army the Recruits which have come to the places of rendezvous, and you will also collect and send on any others which may be scattered. You will if possible cloath them in the State, but if the Cloathing should not be all ready, you will procure what will make them comfortable and let the remainder follow—Circumstances require...
Having forwarded, under a flying seal to your care, Dispatches of immense consequence, on the subject of compleating the Regt of your State to the Establishment, I must request you will lose no time in delivering them to His Excellency, the Governor; and that you will use your utmost influence to have this business put upon such a footing as will be attended with the desired success. As I am...
Your two Letters of the 26th Feby & 19th ulto have been received. I am so well persuaded of your Care & Attention to the Business committed to your Charge—that no arguments are needfull to press your utmost Diligence. The Recruits as they are forwarded, may be directed the nearest Rout to peekskill—where on their arrival, they will report themselves & receive further Orders. The Time of your...
Being wholly unacquainted with the affair respecting Ensign Johnson I have written General Lincoln on the Subject, and so soon as I get the necessary information from him the necessary directions shall be Sent you. I am Sir Your most Obedt Servant SzGeBPU .
It appears that Mr Johnson made an irregular application to Resign and his Commission not being accepted he was guilty of indecent behaviour towards the Sicritary at War and finally broke his Arrest and went off—The Secritary at War is willing to pass over his Conduct towards him, but such a wilfull disobedience and Contempt of Orders as Mr Johnson has been guilty of—besides breaking his...
Lieut. Wheaton of your Regiment having applied to me for permission to go into N. York, giving me the Reasons which induce him to wish to do it at this Time, which I have judged sufficient—you will be pleased to give him a passport to proceed to the Enemy’s Lines for the purpose mentioned by him. Your Letter of the 27th has been received, with the Newspaper of the 24th inclosed. I am sir Your...
I have received your two favors of the 31st of Augst with their Inclosures. All Letters coming from N. York to Dobbs Ferry, are to pass to Head Quarters for Inspection—No Letters are to be admitted in N. York, but such as pass thro Head Quarters, except those which may be franked by the President of Congress, the Secty at War—or the Governors or Executives of the different States—this to be a...
I am directed by His Excellency to reply to your Letter of Yesterday. The General is pleased with your Attention & Vigilence—Genl Hazens Permit is without the Mode presented in the Genl Instructions at your Post—& inadmissable on its own ground. You will please to pass Mr Taylor agreably to his Passport from Gnl Hazen—& suffer the packet of Letters to go in with him. The Horses are not to be...
In answer to your favor of the 14th enclosing an application from Lieut. Greene of your Regt to retire from service, I have to inform you, that (by the explanation of the Secretary at War) the Emoluments of the Act of Congress of the 19th of Novr last, were not intended to extend to any Officers except such as belong to the Lines which are reduced—therefore the request respecting Lieut....
You will (Majr Genl Lord Stirling being dead) put yourself under the orders of Colo. Willet—’till a superior Officer shall arrive—and with your Regiment pay obedience to his orders. I am Sir Yr most Obedt Servt RHi .
By the enclosed Act of Congress of the 31st of Decr you will observe, to what period the reduction of the Lines therein named, is postponed; Nothing, I suppose, will prevent its being carried into execution at that time, except the Regt should be previously compleated to the Establishment ordered in the Resolution of the 7th of Augt last. I thought expedient, to give you this information, and...
You will receive by this conveyance blanck Discharges for the Non Commissd Officers & Privates of the Rhode Island Regt enlisted for the War, which, under the Restriction of the Endorsment are only to be considered as furloughs until farther Orders—you will be pleased to have them filled up & the men permitted, under the direction of a proportionable number of Officers, to retire to the State...
We have a question of very great importance depending in Congress, in which the vote of your state would be decisive. It relates to the place of meeting of the future Congress—Six states and a half prefer New York five and a half Philadelphia. When your delegates were here they voted with us on the intermediate questions; but when the final question came to be put Mr. Hazard’s scruples...
Your different favours have duly come to hand for which I thank you and for the trouble you have so obligingly taken to urge forward your delegation. Happily the affair has terminated to our wishes. But My Dear Sir I cannot refrain from being particularly anxious for the accession of your state to the new system. Tis very important to the whole Union & particularly to the Northern part of it...
Treasury Department, February 4, 1790. Announces that Olney has been selected by the President to pay “pensions to Invalids for the Space of one year.” LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence. On June 14, 1790, the Senate confirmed Olney’s appointment as collector of customs at Providence. This letter, except for the sums specified as owed to the “invalids,” is the same as the one...
[ New York, June 14, 1790. Letter listed in dealer’s catalogue. Letter not found. ] ALS , sold at Merwin-Clayton, June 6, 1907, Lot 32.
I take an opportunity as early as the hurry of business will permit, of transmitting to you my instructions and other communications to the several Collectors of the United States. As far as they may not be locally inapplicable to Rhode Island, I shall expect a careful observance of them. I am, Sir, Your obedt. Sert. Copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy,...
I am obliged to you for the information contained in your letter of the 23d. Instant. It will be agreeable to me, that you purchase Scales, & Weights, for the use of the Port of Providence. I have permitted small Sail Boats fit for harbor service to be purchased or built by some of the Collectors, & will not object to one for the purpose mentioned in your letter. These purchases will no doubt...
From your letter of the 23d. June, a doubt has arisen, with respect to the name of the Person whom you recommend as Surveyor for North Kingstown. One of the Senators of your State informs me, that he is acquainted with Daniel Updike, but knows of no person by the name of Daniel Eldridge Updike. If they are not two distinct persons, it will be necessary to ascertain the true name of the...
Yours of the 29th. of June has been received. The Comptroller informs me that the forms for keeping and rendering your accounts, have been forwarded under cover to the Collector of Newbury Port; I doubt not they have since come to hand. I have generally authorised such boats as are requisite for the Surveyors & Inspectors to go on board of vessels, that is for harbour Service; for this purpose...
Treasury Department, August 18, 1790. “It appears on examination that the Sloop Sharlottes license ought to have been dated in July last, as you supposed.… I beg your attention to that part of my Circular letters, that instructs the Collectors to make weekly returns to this office, of their receipts and payments and of the Cash in their hands.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at...
Treasury Department, September 1, 1790. “The Cashier of the Bank informs me that from the description of the Bank Bill contained in your letter of the 23d. Ulto. it is not supposed to be counterfeit.… Expence in appraising goods very seldom arises.… If it is the case of goods damaged or without invoice and it is insisted on, the importer for whose benefit or convenience it is made, seems to be...
The case of the Brig Happy Return as stated in your letter of 19th. July has lain over some time for consideration. If the owners prove to your satisfaction that the goods imported are all as they allege of the produce or manufacture of the United States, no duty is now to be paid as the new collection law gives relief to the owners of such articles brought back. You will examine however...
I have received your letter containing a state of Facts in the case of the Cargo of the Sloop Nancy seized by the Collector of Alexandria. The Coasting Act renders it the duty of the Collectors to seize all Goods not contained in the Manifests of Vessels trading between two Districts in States that do not adjoin. Mr Lee therefo⟨re⟩ appears merely to have obeyed the injunctions of the...
[ Philadelphia, November 6, 1790. On November 19, 1790, Olney wrote to Hamilton: “Your letter of the 6. instant … came to hand this day.” Letter not found. ] The letter of November 19, 1790, is a routine Treasury letter and has not been printed. It can be found in RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
I have received your letter relative to the Ship Warren, and highly approve the vigilance and firmness, which you have Shewn in this case. It does not appear that any penalty or forfeiture is incurred by the vessel’s departure from your District, without papers, because she was not licensed , and not bound to a foreign port . But the Deputy Collector of Newport ought, as I understand the...
Treasury Department, January 31, 1791. “The President of the United States being about to appoint the 1st. 2d. & 3d. Mates of the revenue Cutters, it will be of public service to obtain the names of some persons of your State suitable for those duties.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National...
In answer to your letter of the 27th. of December I have to observe, that under the existing laws , I consider it as indispensible to an entry at any customhouse, that the vessel be actually within the district appertaining to it. The question has occurred in the port of Philadelphia, where cases of the nature you mention, frequently happen. The legislature at a late stage of their session...
It will be agreeable to me that the Officers of the Customs in the District of Providence make return of the emoluments of their respective Offices for one year following the time of their entering upon their duty instead of the year mentioned in my circular letter of the 14 of April. You will be pleased to give them an early intimation of this. I shall not object to a small boat fit for...
Having considered the case of the Ship Warren, Capt Smith belonging to Messr. Brown & Francis, I find it necessary to communicate to you some remarks concerning it. I find from the letters of the Collector of Newport that this ship had departed from his district for India before my letter directing him to proceed against the Captain was received: and I learn from the papers that several days...
Treasury Department, June 1, 1791. “Your letter of the 24th Ultimo has been received. I approve the intention of the Surveyor to use generally the substitute for Dycas’s Hydrometer, the difference being so small. Yet, in any case, where that difference would convert one class of proof into another, Dycas’s must govern; unless it should appear by any imported Hydrometer of Dycas’s, which you...
It is with regret I feel myself restrained by my sense of the meaning of the law from directing the refusal of Credit to Mr. Arnold on the removal of the teas which have been lately deposited by him; in consequence of the non payment of his Bond as mentioned by you. But I consider the allowance of subsequent credits upon teas deposited as no more than a continuation of a Credit already given...
Having received a letter from Mr. Arnold informing me that the delay of payment of his bond had proceeded from a part of the demand being controverted, I am to desire that, if not already given, you will suspend the notifications you were required to give to the Collectors out of your state, and that you will inform me particularly of the nature and circumstances of the controversy. I have...
Your Letter of the 11th instant has come to hand. Your intended proceedings with regard to the seizure of Sugar You mention, appear to be proper, and conformable to the 13th Section of the Collection Law. I am, sir   Your obedt Servt LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at...
Treasury Department, August 23, 1791. Sends commission for Jeremiah Greenman as second mate for the revenue cutter “for the Connecticut & Rhode Island station.” LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; copy, RG 26, Lighthouse Letters...
It has been represented to me that a Brig, called the Trinidada, lately belonging to Messrs. Brown & Francis of your district, has arrived in the district of Wilmington on Delaware with a copy of a register issued from your Office which does not agree with the vessel in two material particulars. The register, which is No 25 & bears date on the 25th of Augt. 1790, appears, from the copy, to...
Your letter of the 15th. instant, respecting ten Kegs of Brandy imported in the Brigantine Betsey from Bordeaux in violation of the thirty third Section of the act of the 3rd of march last, has been received. There appears to be reasonable ground for a presumption that the importation of the Brandy in kegs proceeded from ignorance of the law, and if no legal process is yet instituted with...
Treasury Department, October 3, 1791. “As letters to and from the Treasurer now go free of postage, there is no longer a necessity for enclosing them to me. You will therefore in future transmit them directly to him.…” LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set...
The remark made by you on the additional two columns in the return of Tonnage appears to be just. Some other mode of obtaining the end must be devised, of which you will be informed. In the mean time you will insert the destination of vessels which appear in your return, so far as your knowledge of the fact renders it practicable. It would certainly have been preferable that you suffered the...
I have, on consideration, deemed it expedient to authorize you to receive, in payment of duties, the notes of the Bank of Providence, payable in specie on demand. For the greater safety in so doing I have requested the President of that institution to furnish you with his signature, that of the Cashier and such Checks as may be sufficient to enable you to detect Counterfeits. It is my wish...
Your letter of the 31st Ultimo relative to the Schooner Alice, Jabez Andrus Master, has been received. The question, therein stated, turns upon the following points; whether the vessel belongs in the whole or in part to a Citizen or inhabitant of the United States; and if she was within four leagues of the coast, or within the limits of any district of the United States when the manifest was...
Your letter of the 11th October has been duly received. Although, if it had occurred to you to forbear the institution of a suit, until application could have been made in due course for a remission of the forfeiture incurred, I should under the circumstances, of the case have approved of your conduct, yet it is certain, that you were strictly in order in every step you took and have furnished...
The monies which shall be deposited by you in the Bank of Providence, pursuant to my direction, will upon your forwarding to the Treasury a duplicate receipt of such deposits, be considered as payments made to the United States, and for which you will receive credit by regular warrants which will issue to cover such payments. I am Sir  Your Obedt. Servant LS , Rhode Island Historical Society,...
I do not think you will be justifiable in making a deduction from the legal rate of duty on Coffee, on account of its being broken, nor on cocoa, because of an inferiority of quality, they being in each instance as I presume the unmixed article, on which the Legislature has imposed an uniform impost, without providing a variation of duty in case of differences of quality. The shells of Coffee...
I have received your letter relative to the case of the Brig Polly from Cape Francois and Charleston. There is no doubt that under the existing collection law, goods of the growth and manufacture of the United States can be relanded after exportation and they are not chargeable with duty on their importation into the United States as you will perceive by the 24th Section of the Act. I...
Treasury Department, February 4, 1792. “I request that You will advance to the Supervisor of the District of Rhode Island the Sum of Two hundred Dollars, to be repaid to You by the said Supervisor, as soon as he shall be in cash.…” LS , Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at...
I think it will be proper for the reasons in your letter of the 23d. ultimo, that you do not pay into the Providence Bank, for the account of the United States the monies you have in hand, and which you shall receive before the 20th. of May next. It is however my desire that you deposit the same in that institution to be passed to the credit of “the Collector of the district of Providence” and...
Treasury Department, March 29, 1792 . “There is due to William Peck, Marshall for the District of Rhode Island upon a settlement made at the Treasury, the sum of two thousand, one hundred & five Dollars and twelve Cents, which sum I request you will pay to the said Marshall.… This transaction is of course not to be brought into your accounts, but merely to be noted at foot of your weekly...