Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 10 January 1791

From Jeremiah Olney

Custom House Providence 10: Jany 1791.


By a misconception of the Law respecting the 10 ⅌ cent discount on goods imported in American vessels,1 which ’till within a few days, I supposed to cease on the first day of October last, the balance of 16.314 dolls & 45¼ cents which appears by my accounts transmitted on the 3. inst, to be due to the United States is 1.114 dolls & 72 cents more than it should be, this sum being the amount of the 10. ⅌ cent omitted to be deducted from the duties arising on merchandise imported into this district during the last quarter; the true balance therefore to be passed to the credit of the United States in my Books, is 15.199 Ds & 73¼ cents agreeably to the enclosed statement.

I enclose my return of Exports for the last quarter, amounting in value, to 56.362 Dollars and 99 cents.

I have the honor to be very respectfully, Sir, your most obedt & most hume servt

Jereh Olney Collr

Alexr Hamilton Esq
Secry of the Treasury.

Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives; ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.

1See Section 2 of “An Act making further provision for the payment of the debts of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 181 [August 10, 1790]).

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