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To Alexander Hamilton from William Ellery, 19 August 1794

From William Ellery

Newport [Rhode Island] August 19, 1794. “The Sloop Aurora Hersey Bradford of Bristol master arrived not long since at the Port of Bristol in this District from the Port of Boston without a Register, or Enrollment and License, but with a Certified manifest from the Custom house there. By said proceeding both the Vessel and her cargo became subject to seizure and forfeiture;1 and upon Notice being given to me of this transactn. by the Surveyor of the Port of Bristol2 I directed him to take the Vessel into his Custody until the District Attorney3 could be consulted in the Case.… The District Attorney has been applied to, and inclosed is a copy of his Advice.…”

LC, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.

1This is a reference to “An Act for enrolling and licensing ships or vessels to be employed in the coasting trade and fisheries, and for regulating the same” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 305–18 [February 18, 1793])

2Samuel Bosworth.

3Ray Greene.

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