Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Sharp Delany, 9 November 1790

To Sharp Delany

Treasury Department
Novr. 9. 1790.


I have considered the application made to you by the Gentlemen concerned in the damaged goods imported in the Betsey from Liverpool,1 and I am of opinion, that your answer to them is conformable with the Law. The legislature having thought proper to make the measures prescribed by the Act, requisite to obtaining the allowance for damage,2 it is not in the power of any executive officer to dispense with it.

I am, Sir   Your obedt. servant

Alexander Hamilton

Sharp Delany Esquire
Collector of the Customs

LS, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia; copy, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Philadelphia, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

2“An Act to provide more effectually for the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 145–78 [August 4, 1790]). H is referring to Section 37 of this law.

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