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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 23, 1795. “I have to State to you the amount of expenditures on the fortifications of the harbour of Portsmouth … including the Blockhouse, a Store, and Furnace & Commission thereon…. There still remains to be performed work on the walls…. I have omitted to transmit my accounts with the Vouchers presuming it to be unnecessary untill the whole work shall be...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] December 18, 1794 . “… The estimated allowances to Fishing Vessels payable in this district on the 31st. day of December instant is Sixteen hundred & twenty nine dollars.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1794–1796, Vol. 6, National Archives. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” October 25, 1792 .
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] October 7, 1794 . “I enclose you a Statement of Payments on Account of the Fortifications for the harbour of Portsmouth (to the 4th. instant), amounting to Dolls 2229 ²⁴⁄₁₀₀ dollars. The estimated amount of the expence of compleating the Work directed … is 348 dollars.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1793–1794, Vol. 5,National...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] July 12, 1794 . “Since my letter of the 9th. instant the Marshall of the District of N Hamp. applied for & recd. the 2d M[o]iety of the 200 dollars directed to be Advanced to him.… Considering that your instruction to me of the 2d of July 1793 restricts these payments to 200 dolls Per year I cannot consistant therewith make a further payment to him in the present...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] July 9, 1794 . “Your letters of the 23d & 24th. Ultimo respecting the advances to be made to the Marshall of the district of New Hampshire I have received and to which due attention will be paid. Receipts for the payments already made in consequence of your letter of the 2d July 1793 have been regularly transmitted to the Office of the Comptroller with my...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] July 8, 1794 . “The Same Difficulties existing respecting the acceptance of the Agency for providing Supplies & labour for the Fortifications in this port, as mentiond in my letter addressed to you of the 25th April last I have commenced the business myself.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1793–1794, Vol. 5, National Archives; copy,...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] April 25, 1794 . “Since the receipt of your letter of the 3d instant … directing the appointment of an agent for procuring labour & Materials & paying the disbursements of the Fortifications proposed for this harbour—I have taken much pains, but have not hitherto been able to procure an apt person to undertake the Services of this agency on the terms of 3 ⅌ Cent...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] December 26, 1793 . “I received your favor of the 9th Instant.… On estimating the Allowances to Vessels licensed after the last day of May for the Cod Fishery & those licensed before that date & since the 1st. of January last which were intended for that Fishery I find the amount to be 2497 ³⁰⁄₁₀₀ Dollars, as it is probable Some of the Vessels licensed may fail in...
I had the honor to receive by the last post, your letter of the 7th. instant. Capt Yeaton being absent on a Cruize I cannot obtain his final answer respective the Supply of Rations for the Scammel other than his proposal already transmitted which I shall do on his return. In the mean time I could wish to be informed in case of a Contract with others, what amount of Articles shall be contracted...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] May 22, 1793 . “… Capt. Yeaton 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...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] May 16, 1793 . “Agreeably to your directions of the 2d instant.… I enclose you a Copy of the manifest of the Cargo of the Brig Rising Sun, as exhibited by the Master on the day of the Vessels arrival—also Schedules of the articles Seized and of those found on board the Vessel after the delivery of the Cargo, agreeing with the Masters mem: produced after the...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] April 13, 1793 . Writes concerning “a Small Seizure in this district of one bag of Cocoa and four bags of Coffee.” Discusses the details of the case. Asks for “instructions on this matter.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1792–1793, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives....
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] January 19, 1793 . Acknowledges “the receipt of your letter of the 20th December” enclosing commissions for officers of the New Hampshire revenue cutter. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1792–1793, Vol. 4, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives. Letter not found.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 30, 1792. “I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st. instant accompanying Commissions for John Adams as first Mate & Benj Gunnison as second Mate of the Revenue Cutter Scammel. I beg leave to Nominate Samuel Odiorne for the third Mate of Said Cutter.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1792–1793, National...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] November 24, 1792 . “Your Circular letter dated the 25th. Octo. came to my hands the 15th. instant: Comformably to a direction therein contained I enclose you an estimate of the amount of Bounties payable on the 31st. of Decr. next on fishing Vessels that have been licenced in this district, the amount whereof is Dollo. 2091.50. I do not conceive that any claims...
Conformably to the order of the Senate of the United States passed the 7th. of May last and with your directions dated the 31st. of August, I have the honor to transmit you herewith, a Statement of my emoluments for one year ending the 1st. of October instant—And also those of the Several Officers who have been appointed by me. It is with much reluctance that I am led on this Occasion to renew...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 30, 1792. “I recd. by the post last evening your letter of the 21st instant. Soon after the receipt of your letter of the 4th of February last, I wrote you under date of the 28th of that Month and transmitted the Name of Benjamin Gunnison as a Suitable person in my opinion for first Mate of the Scammel.… I now beg leave to renew my nomination of Mr. Gunnison.…”...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] April 18, 1792 . “I have to inform you of a Seizure that has taken place in this district of a Small quantity of Coffee, unladed contrary to Law from the Sch Adventure Edward Tredick Master from St Martins. The discovery was made by the officers of the Scammel then laying in the harbour about one Mile within the light house—who observed a boat go alongside of the...
On the 9th. of June last I had the honor to write you on the Subject of my emoluments as Collector of the Customs for the district of Portsmouth and transmitted you a Statement of them for one Year in Conformity with your Circular direction of the 14th. of April. The Many important public matters which continually arrests your attention I imagine would hardly admit of your reporting on every...
I conceive it to be a duty incumbent on me to mention to you that the ill State of Health of the Judge of this district has prevented his attendance at the two last Courts, in consequence of which two actions brought to that Court on Bonds for Impost duties have failed in their expected issue, and I have been induced to put a third in Suit at the State Court of Common Pleas to avoid the like...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 28, 1792. “Your letter of the 4th. instant I had the honor to receive the 21st. and conformably with your directions I now give you the Name of Benjamin Gunnison as a Suitable person for the first Mate of the Revenue Cutter Scammel.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 1, 1792. “The Packet herewith enclosed contains the Accts. of the Revenue Cutter Scammel to the 31 of December last. In addition to the payments made to Cap Yeaton for his Wages and Rations from the date of his Commission (the 21st. of March 1791), he claims allowance of Wages & Rations from the 6th. of Octr. 1790 as the time of his appointmt: as Stated in...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] January 30, 1792 . Has “exchanged Cash” for “a Note of the bank of the United States No. 314 for two thousand Dollars dated Jany 17. 1792,” despite the fact the cash received for the note exceeds “the Amount of Specie received Since the last return.” Realizes that this transaction represents “a deviation from the instruction” in Hamilton’s circular letter of...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 28, 1792. “Herewith I enclose you an account of the expence of Supporting the Lighthouse for the Quarter ending the 31st. of Dec past.… I have no remarks to make on the Lighthouse respectg its repairs, but its construction does not admit of its being so usefull as the Situation of it requires. I enclose a Contract for supples & attendance on the Lighthouse...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] January 16, 1792 . Acknowledges receipt of unsigned letter from Treasury Department. LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 12, 1792. “I had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th. of last Month together with three Commissions for the Mates of the Revenue Cutter. That for Mr. Flagg the first mate I now return he having left the Service of which information was given in my letter of the 15th. Ulto.…” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792,...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 17, 1791. “I received by the last post your letter of the 2nd Instant directing me to Mention to Cap Yeaton his omitting to notice in the abstract of his journal for October the receiving of manifests from Vessels which I shall mention to him on his return into port.…” ADf , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 16, 1791. “I have received your Circular letter to the Agents of the Cutters of the 17th. Ultimo. As the directions given In that letter supersedes the Necessity of a particular Statement … I will only observe that the cost of 232 days of the mens victualling amounted to 33 20/100 Dollars being about 14⅓ cents pr. ration. Cap Yeaton has however agreed to...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 15, 1791. “Mr. Parrott the 2nd Mate of the Scammel having an advantageous offer in the Command of a Ship has risigned his place in the Scammel.… I was obliged to acquiesce in this resignation which is rendered the more inconvenient by the Scarcity of young men Suitable for the Station of 1st. Mate to which I recommended Mr Parrott.… I would propose for your...
I have recd. your letter of the 22 Ulto. & have communicated it to Capt. Yeaton. Conceiving that I can in no better way possess you of Cap. Yeatons reasons for deviating from your limits and my directions respecting the fitting of the Cutter, than by transmitting you his letter to me on that Subject I now inclose it. I must observe that the last additional and reprehensive clause of your...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 29, 1791. “Inclosed herewith I transmit my quarterly Account for the Support & Maintenance of the Lighthouse in this State, & for the repairs to the 30th. of September past. The extraordinary quantity of Glass used in the repairs in this quarter was occasioned by the Oil taking fire in the Lantern & breaking the Windows, by which the building was in imminent...
Having collected & discharged the Several bills against the Revenue Cutter Scammel, I now transmit you herewith Inclosed my Account for the Vessel, & Vessels Stores. The Stores with Some Small disbursments amounts to 157 ⁸⁸⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. and the Vessel to 1255 ⁹⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. which includes every article applied to her use except 12 pieces of Sail Cloth Sent from Boston by Genl Lincoln of which I...
Mr. Flag who was appointed 1st mate of the Revenue Cutter having been absent ever since his appointment has lately returned home, & having enterd into engagements in the Service of a Merchant as Master of a Vessel declines the Acceptance of his Commission which I now return inclosed herewith. I beg leave to name John Parrot the 2nd Mate to fill the Station of 1st. Mate, his Conduct since he...
Inclosed herewith I transmit you my Account of payment for the Support of the Lighthouse Establishment in this district from the commencing of that expence on the 15th. of August 1789 to the 30th. of June last. This Return has been detained with a view of accompanying it with a plan of the Lighthouse and the Land Adjacent lately Ceded by this State to the United States, but the Surveyor who...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] September 16, 1791 . “The Dicas’s Hydrometer forwardd me to replace the One first Sent which proved defective came to hand but having found a workman who has effectually repaired the defective one, I have two on hand one of which I will direct as you will please to order. The Thermometer that was forwardd from the Treasury is by Accident broken. It was in the hands...
Your Circular letter dated the 5th. of August respecting two missing Certificates of Registry, Enjoining the Seasonable transmission of Returns, Noticing the failure of complying with the opinions of Messrs. Jones and Harrison, The Information Stating a practice of Measuring Vessels of the United States previously Registered, And requesting a Copy of the Table of Fees, was received the 25th....
With my letter to you of the 24 Ulto. I inclosd a description of the Cutter & gave a name for her which was handed to me at the Moment of closing the letter. Since which I have been informed there is a British public Vessel of the Name of the Ferret in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland. I conceive there woud be an impropriety in giving a Cutter of the United States the Same Name & therefore request...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 24, 1791. “The Revenue Cutter being ready for Sea will proceed on a Cruize immediately; no arms or Military Stores having yet come to hand, I will borrow for the first Cruize Such as may be necessary. The person named for 3rd mate Should have been Samuel Hobart instead of Saml Hubert as copied in your letter of the 12th. Ulto. Herewith is inclosed a...
Portsmouth [ New Hampshire ] July 26, 1791 . Describes the case of “the Brig Polly Wentworth R. Miller Master,” which arrived from France on October 1, 1790. States that “a quantity of plaister of Paris which is exempted from duty was inserted in the Manifest,” but that the manifest did not include “a quantity of Bur Stone.” Points out that Miller did not appear “to be acquainted with the...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 23, 1791. Acknowledges receipt of the “Commissions of the three first officers of the Revenue Cutter.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.
The Carpenter who undertook the Hull of the Revenue Cutter building in this port having been Sick Several Weeks the Work was unavoidably delay’d. She will be launched in 8 or 10 days. The Station of 3rd Mate being Still vacant I would beg leave to name Samuel Hobert, a young man of whom I have heard a good Character, & the Nomination of him is made by Capt Yeaton. I now transmit you An Act...
Your Circular letter of the 13th. Ulto. respecting duties having been received on estimates of Cargoes &c, and respecting the Custom of Merchants & practice of Custom Houses in calculating the tare on goods was received the 3rd. instant. It has been my invariable practice to receive duties only on actual weighing, gauging & measuring, when the articles were of a Nature, which rendered it in my...
I have recd. the assistant Secretarys letter of the 12th. Ulto. inclosing a form of a Return of Outward Tonnage which I now return inclosed, filled up, except the Fishing Tonnage which is left blank being in doubt whether it might not have been intended to include the Smaller Vessels. This blank may be filled up by your direction from the Mem. that Accompaneys the Return in which a...
Your Circular letter of the 14th. of April came to my hands the 20th Ultimo. Availing myself of the indulgence of the house of Representatives in committing to your examination and report, the emoluments of the Officers of the Customs I do myself the honor to transmit you here with a Statement of the emoluments of my office as Collector of the Customs District of Portsmouth for the four...
In consequence of a Circular letter of the Asistant Secretary dated the 10th. of March last a few weeks since received, I herewith inclose you Returns of the decked Vessels built in the District of Portsmouth N. H. for two Succeeding years, the first commencing the 4th. of March 1789. The Same letter Signifid to me your wish to have forwarded from time to time as they may come into my hands...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 17, 1791. “… My last letter (May 10th) Stated the amount of the first moiety of Invalid Pensioners in New Hampshire at 1661 ⁹⁸⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. This Should have been 1660 ⁹⁶⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. which last mentioned Sum is the precise amount of the Said moiety deducting the Sum of 376 ³⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dolls. paid by the State to those Pensioners.” LC , RG 36, Collector of Customs at...
[ Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 10, 1791. On May 17, 1791, Whipple wrote to Hamilton and referred to “My last letter (May 10th).” Letter not found. ]
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 9, 1791. “I this day recd from the Collector Benj Lincoln Esqr. of Boston 12 ps Canvas which I presume are intended for Sails for the Cutter. I had engaged the Canvas of the Mafactory here but have now Countermanded it.… Be pleased to advise what articles for equiping the Vessel or for Stores are to be forwarded that I may avoid making unnecessary purchases.” LC...
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 4, 1791. Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s “letter of the 18 Decr. last together with Dycas’s & Colles’s Hydrometers.” States that Colles’s hydrometer may not be “truly graduated” and that there is a defect in the bulb of Dycas’s hydrometer. Requests a new bulb. LC , RG 36, Portsmouth Collector, Letters Sent, 1790–1791, Vol. 2, National Archives; copy, RG 56,...
Your letter of the 23rd Ulto. I have received and in pursuance of your directions have agreed for the Hull of a Vessel for a Cutter for this Station of 44 feet Keel payable (say 46 Straight rabbet) 15 Beam & 6½ hold at 9 Dollars pr. Ton. I could find no person on whom I could depend for a good Vessel that would undertake the whole equipments fit for Sea at 22½ Dollrs. per Ton, or indeed at any...