Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Sharp Delany, [November 1790]

From Sharp Delany [redated]

[Philadelphia, November, 1790] “… if the report of the appraisers should be that the Goods did not receive damage on ship board, but were damaged before they were shipped,1 is it in the power of the Collector, to make any allowance in the duties? I do not state this as a case that may occur, but that now actually offers. Teas are imported from Lisbon in the ship  ,2 and I believe it will appear they were shipped in the damaged state they are now in. Application is made by the Consignee.”

LC, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia.

1The Collection Law does not contain any reference to such damaged goods. Section 37 of this act covers only goods damaged in transit. See 1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 166–67 (August 4, 1790).

2Space left blank in MS.

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