Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 23 June 1790

From Jeremiah Olney1

Providence 23rd. June 1790.


Since my Return to Providence I have made enquiry Respecting fit persons to be Surveyors for Warren, Bristol & Pawcatuck River—but I cannot find but one person for the Port of Bri[s]tol, a Mr. Samuel Bozworth2 who is, as I am informed a very Good Character, & held the office under the State. Mr. Ellery3 probably may inform you of Suitable persons for the other Two ports.4 Danl. Updike as mention in my memorandom for Surveyor Should be Daniel Eldridge Updike.5 My Commission came on with Colo. Barton.6

ADf, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.

1This letter is incomplete.

2Bosworth was appointed surveyor of the port of Bristol, Rhode Island, on July 3, 1790.

3William Ellery, who had been continental loan officer, had been appointed collector of customs for Newport, Rhode Island, in June, 1790.

4On July 3, 1790, Nathaniel Phillips was appointed surveyor at Warren and Barrington, Rhode Island, and George Stillman was appointed to this position at Pawcatuck River, Rhode Island.

5Updike was a merchant and justice of peace for Wickford, Rhode Island. He was appointed surveyor of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, on July 3, 1790.

6William Barton was a prominent Rhode Island Federalist who had been a member of the Rhode Island Ratifying Convention of 1790.

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