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I duly received your Communication of the 4th instant, concerning the difference which has been discovered between the instruments, used for ascertaining the proof of distilled spirits. The circumstance is very much to be regretted but I do not at present see that it admits of remedy as to the past. The impossibility of ascertaining what is right, is a great objection to restitution, even if I...
I am glad to learn from the letter of Mr Delozier of the 25th of July in-closed in yours of the 27th “That the difference between the Inspector of the Revenue and the Inspectors of the Customs had subsided, and that the latter were perfectly disposed to perform the services required of them, by the Secretary of the Treasury, whenever they may be directed by the Inspector of the Revenue.”...
On the 28. June 1791 the Collector of New York was instructed to furnish each of the Revenue Cutters with Ten Musquets and Bayonets, Twenty Pistols, one broad axe, one Chissel of the large and one of the smallest size, and two Lanthorns. I am informed by the Collector of Norfolk that those articles were not received by him; though Mr. Lamb of New York states to me, they were shipped in the...
I request that you will have enquiry made on board the Cutter Active , whether she is in possession of a double set of arms muskets, pistols, &ca. The Collector of New York was directed to furnish each Cutter with ten muskets and bayonets, twenty pistols, two chissels, one broad axe and two lanthorns. These articles, it appears, have been shipped by Mr Lamb for each of the Cutters—but none...
I herewith transmit you the copy of a letter written by the Collector of Salem to the Attorney for the District of Massachusetts respecting certain Persons, who, it is stated, have left that State and gone to Baltimore, being indebted to the United States for duties bonded, without leaving sufficient property to secure the debt. I have to request that you will take such measures as you shall...
The Post of to day brought me your letter of the 29th of October, which I immediately communicated to the President, and hasten to make known to you his consent to your undertaking the voyage recommended to you. It is not doubted that due care will previously be taken to secure the proper management of the public business in your absence. My most sincere and cordial wishes for the restoration...
I received by the hands of Mr. Richmond your letter on the subject of the stock standing in your name on the public books. Though, according to the letter of the law, the prohibition to dispose appears to be retrospective as well as future, I am of opinion that it is consistent with sound legal construction to confine the latitude of the expression, so as to admit of the alienation and...
Captain Porter of the Revenue Cutter Active having communicated to me, that he has reasons to be dissatisfied with the conduct of his third Mate Mr. James Forbes, I have to desire that you will make proper enquiry into the affair, in which the Naval Officer is requested to assist; communicating to me the result. Enclosed is an extract of Captain Porters letter for your information. I am   Sir...
Treasury Department, June 7, 1793. “I duly received your letter of the 28th Ultimo.… In reply to this letter, I have to refer you to my Circular one of the 30th Ultimo.” LS , Columbia University Libraries.
Your letter of the 24th Ultimo was received some time ago. You will make the arrangement in question, as to Boats, combining the accomodation of the Cutter with that of the Port. It does not appear that there is sufficient reason for complying with the wishes of the Boatmen, as to wages. If there be inconveniences, there are counterbalancing advantages in their situation. With consideration,  ...
I learnt with real pleasure, your return from the West Indies in improved health. Be assured, that I interest myself, with friendship, in your welfare. The Collector of Anapolis has announced his intention to resign by the first of next month. Do you know a character there fit and probably willing to serve? There is a salary of 200 Dollars a year besides the per Centage & fees. The whole...
[ Philadelphia, June 27, 1793. Directs “surrender of Prize to French Privateer.” Letter not found. ] Sold by Harvard Trust Company, 1962.
I enclose you the copy of a Petition from a Mr Salomon to the District Judge of maryland, respecting a certain quantity of Coffee, which has been seized in your Port. I request that you will state to me the appearance of the affair in your view and inform me at the same time if any thing has been done with the Schooner; in regard to which there is at least a strong presumption of improper...
Mr Delaporte of Baltimore has communicated to me, that about Twelve months ago, he received some Furniture and wearing apparel belonging to Mr. Gimat, late Governor of St Lucia; upon the entry of which at the Custom house, he gave his Bond, with condition to be cancelled, in case Mr Gimat should arrive within a Twelve month, and take the oath of his intended residence in the United States, as...
I herewith enclose you a letter directed to Thos. Pinckney Esquire London. It covers one to Messers Willink and Van Staphorst, Bankers in Amsterdam. I request that you will forward the letter by the first opportunity to London, if no immediate conveyance offers for Amsterdam; but if there should be a vessel in your port for Amsterdam you will please to open the outside cover addressed to Mr....
I have before me your letter of the 30th of November last containing a requisition from Captn Porter for certain repairs to be done to the Revenue Cutter Active. The public service requiring that the vessel should be kept in repair, I request that you will have done what shall be found necessary. If the Judgment of the Captain cannot be confided in, you will call in the aid of a trusty and...
Certain charges (of which the Collector is in possession) have been brought by William Thompson, first mate of the Revenue Cutter Active against the commander. To enable me to judge what ought to be done in the case, I have concluded to request that the Collector, Naval Officer, and the Supervisor of the Revenue will form a Board, for the purpose of examining into the facts, and report to me...
Treasury Department, February 19, 1794. Encloses “a copy of a letter from Mr Wm Jarvis … which was addressed to the Secretary of State, and by him transmitted to this Department.” States that “the proper course of proceeding is marked out by law.” LS , Columbia University Libraries. See Edmund Randolph to H, January 31, 1794 . Jarvis was a Baltimore shipbuilder.
[ Philadelphia, March 5, 1794. On March 20, 1794, Williams wrote to Hamilton : “Your letter of the 5th Instant … was duly received.” Letter not found. ]
Treasury Department, April 23, 1794. “Enclosed are two passports.… You will perceive that those Vessels have permission to depart in Ballast , with passengers for St. Domingo. You will therefore grant them clearance accordingly.” LS , Columbia University Libraries. On April 22, 1794, George Washington “Signed … passports, to wit, for the Recovery of Baltimore—schooner Providentia, Baltimore …...
Samuel Smith Esqr. has applied for a passport for a small vessel to be sent in Ballast to the Island of Bermuda which is herewith enclosed. Mr Smith not being possessed of the names of the Vessel and Master they are left blank in the paper to be inserted by you. Another passport has been granted for Captain Kean Master of the Schooner Eagle, bound for St Domingo in ballast, and with passengers...
It has been found necessary to adopt certain regulations with regard to Vessels to which passports shall be granted by the President during the present embargo for the purpose of carrying french Emigrants to the West Indies. You are to require security from the owner or owners of such vessels (to wit a bond of the acting owner with competent sureties) with condition that she shall proceed to...
[ Philadelphia, May 26, 1794. On June 5, 1794, Williams wrote to Hamilton : “I can … answer your letter of the 26th Ultimo.” Letter not found. ]
In consequence of a Statement made to me by Mr Samuel Dodge, Agent for procuring materials &c. for the fortification, I have directed the Treasurer to remit you the further sum of 1700 Dollars in bills upon you, payable to you or your order, which you will endorse to the agent in proportion to the further progress of expenditure, agreeably to my instructions of the 3d of April last. I should...
The house of Zacharia Coopman & Co. has made application to me for an abatement of interest upon their Bonds which have been lately put in suit. There are certain equitable considerations, which dispose me, as far as shall be found right to attend to this application. But before any decision is taken, I wish to be particularly informed of the circumstances of the respective suits: of the...
I received with your letter of the 16th of March last an estimate of expences for repairing the revenue Cutter which has in the hurry of business hitherto remained unattended to. If these repairs have not already been done in consequence of my circular letter of the 19th instant they may be done upon the smallest of the two scales proposed. I have noticed that you have appointed Mr. Richmond...
Treasury Department, June 30, 1794. Asks “what Experience has decided in regard to the quality of the sail Cloth which has been used for the Cutter under your direction.” LS , Columbia University Libraries. See also H to Benjamin Lincoln, June 28, 1794 ; H to William Seton, June 30, 1794 . This letter was endorsed “Answer’d 13 July.” The reply has not been found, but presumably it was written...
I am to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Richmonds letter of the 1 instant. It is inconceivable to me what can produce so great a disproportion between the price of Rations in Baltimore and Philadelphia. At all events I am determined not to give the Price demanded, untill convinced by experience, that there is no Alternative. To ascertain this fact, I have to request that you will purchase...
Your letters of the 26th and 29th. of October have duly come to hand. The difficulties you state as arising from some provisions (and the want of others) in the laws of Impost and Tonnage are doubtless well founded, and indicate the propriety of some future correction of the System. With regard to the method of keeping accounts, by the establishment of the Treasury Department, the Forms are...
[ New York, April 29, 1790. The description of this letter reads: “asking statement of facts relative to vessels exempted from duties.” Letter not found. ] LS , sold by Harvard Trust Company, 1962. For background to this letter, see Robert Purviance to H, April 22, 1790 ( PAH Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). , VI, 372).