Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Davidson, 7 June 1790

To John Davidson1

Treasury Department, June 7, 1790. “The case you State2 of the importers of Salt per the Ship Murcury, William Jessop, Master is very unfortunate. On considering the Circumstances of the Case however, & examining the Laws it does not appear that the Legislature have deposited any where the power of relieveing an importer, who has met with a disaster after securing, & ascertaining the Duty by measurement and landing the Goods.…”

Copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collectors at Bridgetown and Annapolis, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1Davidson was the collector of customs at Annapolis.

2The letter from Davidson to H in which this case was discussed has not been found.

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