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To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Whipple, 22 May 1793

From Joseph Whipple

Portsmouth [New Hampshire] May 22, 1793. “… Capt. Yeaton1 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 inclose—his proposal of one shilling or 16 ⅔ cents per Ration considering the Advanced price of provision I do not think beyond its Value.…”2

LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1792–1793, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.

1Hopley Yeaton was the master of the New Hampshire revenue cutter Scammell.

2For the arrangements concerning the rations allowed for the revenue cutters, see “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” September 21, November 17, 1791.

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