Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Eli Elmer, 29 July 1790

To Eli Elmer

Treasury Department, July 29, 1790. “Your letter of the 19th ultimo1 was duly received and I am apprehensive that an answer to it which was written on the 3d of July2 has been mislaid. I do not perfectly comprehend from whence arises the expectation that no owner will appear for the goods taken into your keeping from the vessel cast on shore in distress.… The expenses of storage must in this and all other cases be paid by the owners of 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.

1Letter not found.

2Letter not found.

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