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Treasury Department, August 13, 1792. “The President having signified to me his intention to appoint David Porter, the present first mate in the cutter Active, master of the said Cutter, in the room of Simon Gross, who has resigned; I have to request, that you will notify the intended appointment to Mr Porter.…” LS , Columbia University Libraries. See George Washington to H, August 5, 1792 .
The device intimated to me in your letter of the 26th. of January, I consider as a mere evasive expedient, which ought not to protect the owner of the vessel from a prosecution for perjury. It is my desire therefore that if any such case should occur you may direct proceedings on that ground against the offender. I am, Sir,   Your obedt. Servant LS , Columbia University Libraries.
[ Philadelphia, May 26, 1794. On June 5, 1794, Williams wrote to Hamilton : “I can … answer your letter of the 26th Ultimo.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 27, 1793. Directs “surrender of Prize to French Privateer.” Letter not found. ] Sold by Harvard Trust Company, 1962.
[ 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, 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.
It is understood that a brig called the Dove formerly of Glocester in Massachusetts and commanded by Josiah Parsons has been sold in Europe, under circumstances that give rise to some apprehensions in regard to the misuse of her certificate of registry. I wish to be informed, if it has been returned to your office and when. I am, Sir,  Your obedt. servant LS , Columbia University Libraries.
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 …...
[ 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).
Treasury Department, August 4, 1792. “I am informed that there is a vessel in Your Port for Amsterdam; which will sail about the 10th instant. I enclose You a letter for Messrs Willink & van Staphorst, which I request may be forwarded by that vessel.…” LS , Columbia University Libraries. This is presumably a reference to H to Wilhem and Jan Willink, Nicholaas and Jacob Van Staphorst, and...
I have, on consideration, concluded to authorise you to allow the Officers and crew of the revenue cutter twelve cents per ration, instead of nine cents, mentioned in my circular letter of the 21st September. But the allowance claimed for expences of board is inadmissible; their pay and rations must be considered as a full compensation. I am, Sir,   Your Obed Servant. LS , Columbia University...
Treasury Department, January 30, 1790. Informs Williams of regulations on payment of invalid pensions. LS , Columbia University Libraries. This is a duplicate of the letter sent to Jedediah Huntington on the same date.
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.
I have considered the circumstances you state in your Letter of the 6th inst. respecting vessels owned by Citizens of Rhode Island. I am of opinion that those vessels in the case you mention, are Subject to the Same Tonnage to which registered vessels owned by Citizens of the united States without License are liable: because if they were to enjoy all the privileges of coasting vessels, they...
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 pay to Messrs Elliot and Williams ten thousand Dollars on the first of January next, on account of their contract with the united States of the 27th September instant, taking duplicate receipts, one of which to be transmitted to the Treasury. You will of course retain money in Your hands for the purpose and in case there should not be a probability of a Sufficient sum...
There will not be found any provision for the payment of Mr. Edward Swift, whom Captain Gross has shipt to do the duty of Mr. James Forbes now absent, unless Mr. Forbes from a sense of justice and propriety allows it to be done out of his money. It would be well for you to intimate this to Captain Gross, and the more so as he in a former instance made an appointment of his officers, which can...
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.”...
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...
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...
After the receipt of this you will divide your deposits between the Bank of Maryland and the Branch of the Bank of the United States, until the first of October ensuing, and thenceforth deposit the public money wholly in the said Branch. The same vouchers, as hereto-fore, must be taken and forwarded from each. I am, Sir,   Your Obed Servant. P.S. It is at your discretion either to divide...
It has been represented to me by Mr. Kearney Wharton of Philadelphia, that some hardship has fallen on him in consequence of the want of proper instruments to ascertain the strength of a parcel of Rum belonging to him and lately imported by Messrs. Oliver and Thompson from Antigua. Though I have not yet decided how far it may be proper to make these revisions, I wish that measures may be taken...
An account has been transmitted by Mr. Porter, One of the Officers of the Cutter, for the time prior to the date of his Commission. It will be proper that you transmit to the Treasury some information, carefully taken, of the time when each of the Officers commenced effectual and continued service in the preparations for & fitting of the Cutter. I am, Sir,   Your most Obed servant LS ,...
Your letter of the 3rd instant has been received. There can be no doubt that horses and other live stock imported from foreign countries must be considered as an object of trade, or vendible commodity, and of course as subject to duties. To obviate the adoption of this rule in a general sense, I think it however necessary to observe that I consider negroes to be exempted from duties on...
I have this day decided upon the two cases of Zacharie Coopman and Company, on behalf of Mr. Nichols, and of John Stump. In both I have remitted the interest of all parties, Upon the petitioner’s paying for all actual and necessary disbursements. Duplicates of my decision go, by the mail of this day, to the Clerk of the District Court, at Baltimore. I am, Sir, with consideration,   Your Obedt...
The remarks you propose to make upon the coasting law will be very acceptable, as the new bill stands postponed ‘till the next Session of Congress. I shall at all times wish for such observations as may occur to the Collectors on the Subject of the Revenue & Trade laws. I am of opinion that a consular certificate will not justify you, in paying a drawback. The Agents for Mr. Stephen Zacharie...
I am informed that a Brig which frequents Your port, and was, or is now the Hope, of Baltimore, is owned by a Mr Gernon. It is my wish to be informed whether it appears, and how, that Mr Gernon is a Citizen of the United States, how long he appears, by the Register, to have owned the Hope, and whether she goes and comes between Your District and any one particular foreign port or island. There...
It has been represented to me by Messrs. Sherman & Procter of New Bedford, that some things which they deem improper have taken place. The Substance of the information is that their Brig Hawk, Hathaway Master, was remeasured in Baltimore altho she had been measured in New Bedford prior to her sailing [and was possessed of a Register of the U States] that she was registered anew in Baltimore,...
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...
You will retain, in your hands, such monies as you shall receive after this letter reaches you ’till the whole sum shall amount to ten thousand Dollars; which is destined as an advance to Messrs. Elliot and Williams, and for the payment of which you will receive directions as soon as their bond with the proper sureties shall be received by me. I remain with great consideration   Sir   Your...