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I acknowledge the recpt of Yours by Mr. Duer of the 13th Inst— one by the Post covering a Letter to the Comptrolle[r]—and another directing a return of the Duties in my office. The Letter to Mr Eveleigh shall be forwarded by the first Vessel and in respect to the Amt of Duties, I would beg leave to mention I furnished Your Assistant Secy Mr Duer with an Account therof in order to promote the...
Philadelphia, October 1, 1789. “In conformity to what I esteem your instructions, I yesterday paid the Bank of No America Thirteen Thousand Dollars.…” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, October 6, 1789. Discusses maintenance and improvement of facilities for aiding navigation in the port of Philadelphia. Recommends that William Allibone be appointed superintendent. LS , RG 26, Lighthouse Letters Received, Vol. “A,” Pennsylvania and Southern States, National Archives; LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia. This letter is in reply to “Treasury Department Circular...
My indisposition has prevented me from forwarding such remarks as I thought would have been of some use to you in directing the Revenue System but I hope soon to be able to lay them before you. Your letter of the 2nd Inclosing forms of keeping Accts I recd as also that of the 17th respecting the Bank and one covering a Letter to the Wardens. In respect to the Mode transmitted respecting weekly...
[ Philadelphia ] October 31, 1789 . Proposes the use of boats to prevent smuggling in Delaware Bay. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, October, 1789. Acknowledges receipt of circular letter of October 2, 1789. Complains that method of filing returns requires so much clerical assistance that it imposes a very heavy financial burden on the collectors. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] October, 1789 . Acknowledges receipt of 150 ship registers. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, November 2, 1789. “The sum paid to the Bank for last month was 12,871 Dollars.…” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] December 21, 1789. “… I have recd the different forms from the Comptroller and shall proceed immediately as therein directed, I would remark on two of them, that of the Tonnage Abstract directed to be countersigned by the N officer which I imagine was intended to be the Surveyor, for the N: O: has no documents to warrant him. In the weekly returns of Cash it is directed to...
By the 1st Secto. of the Tonnage Act certain priveleges are granted to Vessells American built & owned, by the fifth Secto. of the Impost Act, by the 1 & 2nd of the Registering Act, certain Qualifications are directed to entitle Vessells to the benefts granted by any Law of the UStates, I have met with no small trouble & difficulty to put a proper construction on this business and indeed am...
Your three letters of 17th 18th & 21st I recd. I called on the President & Directors of the Bank, who at once agreed to your propositions. I shall forward the Cashiers Receipts & Pay to the Wardens agreeably to your directions. Before I recd Yours I was under the disagreeable necessity of putting a Bond in suit, my firm determination, being without express directions from You to the contrary...
The Cashier of the Banks receipts for dollars is inclosed, with the opinion of some of our Merchants & Ship Carpenters on the Queries I had the honour of receiving from You. I expect further opinions from others which shall forward next post. In my return of Exports, You will have a thorough view of our Trade, as I shall give each place separate. Mr Bingham says he wrote You largely on the...
[ Philadelphia ] January 9, 1790 . “By this post I forward my Cash Acct for the last week.… A Vessell enters—and pays tonnage or does not pay—she is sold, or intends for another Port in the United States, and demands a License. Quere, should another Tonnage for the Year be demanded & paid?” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] January 11, 1790 . “Inclosed is the Total amount of goods imported & the duties arising to the first Inst.… My Accts are ready for settlement and I intend as soon as the river shuts as business grows slack to carry them myself.” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] January 18, 1790 . “… There is one branch of Revenue which if it did not interfere too much with some of the states would produce 100,000 Dollars ⅌ annm. I mean 2 ⅌ Ct on Sales at public Auction. This has no doubt fell under your knowledge, but if not you will give it a due decision.” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] January 20, 1790 . Sends accounts and abstract of duties. Encloses “opinion of two more of our Merchants on some of your Queries.” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia. The opinions presumably were in reply to the questions on domestic and foreign commerce which H had sent to the collectors of the customs on October 15, 1789 .
[ Philadelphia ] January 22, 1790 . “I inclose you the Exports of flour for the last year & our Inspector informs me he is confident the Quantity not returned to him would make the export not much less than 400,000 barrells.…” LC , Collector of Customs, Philadelphia.
From the Journals of Congress I see You have reported a Bill to the consideration of the Legislature respecting Duties, which gives me much pleasure even if the Imposts you wish to take place should not carry, as the deficiencies & contrarieties in our collection & Registering Acts may be remedied. The office of Naval officer as a controuling officer is absolutely necessary—but as the...
[ Philadelphia ] February 13, 1790 . Discusses two objects “intimately connected with your present plan, and also applicable to the present revenue Laws.” The first object “is that of having a Boat in our Bay which … is absolutely necessary to prevent smuggling.” The second “is that of stores” needed for goods deposited by merchants as security. LC , Copies of Letters to the Secretary,...
[ Philadelphia ] February 15, 1790 . “… I … inclose a Letter received from a very worthy Man the Weigher of this Port, and formerly my Deputy—to You Sir I need not point out the necessity of having such an Officer independent from his Office—the Revenue depending so much upon it—please to bestow a small portion of your time to this subject.” LC , Copies of Letters to the Secretary, 1789–1790,...
On my arrival here, I frequented places where I could hear the Sentiments of our Citizens respecting Your plan of funding the Debts of the Union. I found as I mentioned to you much want of information or in other words a want of real knowledge of your Plan, but I found some very loud in opposition, but to me who knew their connections I was not surprised. Harsh terms they used but on...
In this Season when so great a Scarcity of Cash is so sensibly felt I dread to think of the Sums due on my books, within a Month they amount to better than 70,000 dollars. To prepare the parties I send notices fifteen days before the day of payment, and am in great hopes notwithstanding the times, I shall have few delinquents. My reason for mentioning this is to solicit your attention to the...
[ Philadelphia ] March 3, 1790 . Acknowledges receipt of $8,300 for payment of invalid pensions. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia ] March 7, 1790 . Encloses “weekly Acct of Cash” and a “list of such persons as I have sued.” Has “proceeded in paying the Invalids.” LC , Copies of Letters to the Secretary, 1789–1790, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia. H’s letter to Delany concerning the payments to invalids has not been found, but see H to Jedediah Huntington, January 30, 1790 ; H to John Haywood, February 2,...
[ Philadelphia ] March 23, 1790 . “It is with no small degree of diffidence I address you again on the Subject of a Boat in our Bay.… I am induced to request your sentiments on the subject—for the motives for smugling being encreased—means of prevention especially at first setting out should also be taken.…” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
[ Philadelphia, April, 1790. ] “I forward my Abstract of Duties.… I wish not to be troublesome to you … but I request your attention to my situation for without disguise my Emoluments … are greatly inadequate to my services.” LC , Copies of Letters to the Secretary, 1789–1790, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
I have provided some stores and am finishing another, which I think will be sufficient for the Custom house, and as soon as completed will give you the necessary return. I always thought the Law did not expressly give you the power of fixing Revenue boats but as such was necessary and mentioned in the Collection Law. The Superintendance vested in you I imagined would warrant the measure. As to...
[ Philadelphia ] May 5, 1790 . “I take the Liberty of troubling you with the inclosed Acct of the Marshall for the purpose of shewing You the necessity of making some allterations in the mode of process. You will at once perceive there can be no inducment to any of the inferior officers of the Revenue to give information—as in the End unless the seizure should be very valuable no emoluments...
[ Philadelphia ] May 24, 1790 . “I received your directions respecting the monies for the payment of the Invalids and the drafts that may be drawn by you both which shall be faithfully complied with. I also received your directions respecting seizures. A due account of which shall also be forwarded.…” LC , Copies of Letters to the Secretary, 1789–1790, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia....
[ Philadelphia ] May 25, 1790 . Proposes that “the Office of the Inspector be at the Custom House.” Advocates “express directions for the Collection of the duties on home spirits and stills.” Proposes another “mode of prosecuting seizures … for as it stands at present … the Court receives all, and leaves no inducement to the Officers to be industriously attentive.” LS , Hamilton Papers,...
I am at a loss how to construe the late Act extending the Revenue Laws to R Island and request your opinion & directions as soon as may be on the subject. The Impost Laws lays a duty on all goods imported into the United States from & after the first of August 1789. R Island not being one at the time the Act passed, could not be looked on as in the Union. The Act extending the Impost & Tonnage...
It is with no small degree of uneasiness that I so often trouble You, but the solicitations of those concerned oblige & urge me to it. I recd. Your answers respecting the Ship Brigida, and Mr Ingersolls Vessell, in regard to this last I made the objections you notice, but could not get answers sufficiently satisfactory for me to proceed. The Captn is now sent forward to give You information....
[ Philadelphia ] August 11, 1790 . “I was satisfied respecting the ship Brigada by your first letter, but as I had refused a Register for the Birmingham was the cause of my writing a second time, & pointing out the reason for such refusal.… The Schooner Betsey is rated as foreign and all others without due papers as you may see by my Quartely settlements.…” LC , Copies of Letters to the...
[ Philadelphia ] August 20, 1790 . “My last Quarters Accounts I forward for settlement by this Post—with receipts of the Bank June 26th 9,000 Dollars & July 31, for 35,000. I took the Liberty of mentioning to you before the necessity of having a similarity of Papers throughout the different Custom houses of the Union. I beg leave to lay it before you again.…” LC , Copies of Letters to the...
[ Philadelphia, September 20, 1790. On September 24, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Delany : “I have received your letter of the 20th instant.” Letter not found. ] Delany was collector of customs at Philadelphia.
Your circular Letter of the 23rd Inst. I recd. and shall pay due regard to the instructions therein. I beg leave to observe that from the Nature of the Accounts and the Number of them in my office it will be hardly possible with every exertion to make the returns agreeably to the forms before the Middle of November, although the Accounts in my books are up to the 20th of last Month, but...
[ Philadelphia ] October 4, 1790 . “The new Collection Law commen[ce]d on Saturday last. A strict obedience shall in our district be punctually adhered to, although I doubt whether the 2nd secto in to Page 25th can be followed, unless at a considerable expence to the Continent, and as I believe out of the power of the Collector Naval Officer & Inspectors in the first instance to put in force....
Philadelphia, October 7, 1790. “Your two letters of the 30th Sept & 1st Inst. I recd respecting your directions for the Cutter or Revenue Boat for this Bay, & the forms of the official Papers of this office. As to the first I believe though I give it only on my own knowledge that the Sum of 1000 dollers for the building and outfit , is much too little, but as I shall do every thing my duty...
There are Doubts respecting the payment of Tonnage on new Vessells. The only reason perhaps such payment should follow the granting of a Register is, that on granting a Licence & Enrollement the Tonnage follows. I have now depending four or five cases, and request your opinion for my guide in future & am &c. LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.
By the 1st secto. of the Tonnage Act all Vessells enterd from a foreign Port, are made subject to the Duty on Tonnage. Quere Whether a Vessell putting in here in distress comes under the meaning of the said Act. By the Collection Law Page 27 no part of the Cargo of a Vessell compelled by distress of &c is made liable to Duty except such as may be sold for repairs &c. I have a spanish Vessell...
The Inclosed Memo I transmit for your opinion. The measures to be taken respecting Damaged goods are plainly set forth in Page 27 of the Collection Law. In Addition to what the Memo sets forth I would add that I am assured the Parties erred from Ignorance of the Law and not from any intention of injuring the Revenue. I am Sir   with great respect   Your Obedt &c LC , Bureau of Customs,...
The Betsey enterd the 25th Ulto and her cargo permitted in the course of 6 or 7 days. The goods as far as I have been informed have been sold at Auction on Acct of the Underwriters, had they been in Possession of the Merchant, I could have proceeded agreeably to Law. I have no documents or papers respecting the Claim other than the Memo transmitted for your decision. I was fully aware of the...
[ Philadelphia, December November , 1790 ] “… if the report of the appraisers should be that the Goods did not receive damage on ship board, but were damaged before they were shipped, is it in the power of the Collector, to make any allowance in the duties? I do not state this as a case that may occur, but that now actually offers. Teas are imported from Lisbon in the ship , and I believe it...
In obedience to Your Letter respecting Messrs. Willing Morris & Swanwicks Duties on goods from Rhode Island I give the following information. That when the Vessell enterd from Rhode Island in which said goods were imported we had no information of that state adopting the Federal Constitution, and therefore was esteemed by me as foreign, in respect to my Office. The reasons why these Gentlemen...
[ Philadelphia, December 6, 1790. ] “In the Impost Law Hemp pays a Duty of five ⅌ Cent ad Valorem. By a special Clause in sd Law, this Article from the first of Decr Inst: is to pay 60 Cents ⅌ Cwt. Quere Whether Hemp is to pay the 5 ⅌ Cent ad Valorem & the 60 Cents ⅌ Cwt.…” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia. “An Act for laying a Duty on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises imported into the...
To save trouble & expence when the Wardens go on a Survey I generally agree to their appointment in behalf of the Office and although they are sworn ex Officio yet I always swear them in behalf of this Office according to Law. I inclose their survey & appraisement, deliverd to me in due time & ever since in my possession. In respect to the lapse of time I imagined this business had been long...
[ Philadelphia ] December 20, 1790 . “Two ships belonging to Merchants of this City are arrived at the Capes, but on Acct of the Ice cannot proceed to this City their Port of Discharge. The owners have applied to enter their Ships, or if that cannot be done to know what steps they must pursue as the New Duties take place the beginning of next Month.…” LC , Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia. The...
[ Philadelphia, July 11, 1791. On September 8, 1791, Hamilton wrote to Delany : “I have considered the case proposed to me in your letter of the 11th. July.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, October 5, 1791. On October 10, 1791, Hamilton wrote to Delany : “Your letter of the 5th instant has been received.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, July 10, 1792. On July 12, 1792, Hamilton wrote to Delany and referred to “your letter of the 10th instant.” Letter not found. ]