Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Sharp Delany, 21 April 1791

To Sharp Delany

Treasury Department,
21 April 1791


I do not conceive the laws will admit of a Collectors receiving & certifying a Manifest of goods actually at the time without his district; nor could it be deemed safe so to frame a law that the certificates issued under it might be constantly applied to cover goods other than those for which they were intended as passports. I do not therefore deem myself justifiable in giving you the direction you suggest.

I am, sir;   Your obedt Servant

Alexander Hamilton

Sharp Delany Esqr.
Collr. Philadelphia

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.

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