From Jeremiah Olney1
Providence, August 11, 1791. “A Sailor belonging to the Ship Providence, Entered here on the 5th Instant from Cape Francois, started out of a Barrel (which was included in the Manifest of her Cargo) about Eighty pounds of brown Sugar, and while she was unloading, attempted to carry it off in a Box before it was weighed; but the Surveyor2 meeting him some distance from the Wharf, seized and deposited it in the Custom-House Store. This Sugar being forfeited by its removal without permission, with an evident design to defraud the Revenue, I purpose to proceed against it in the same manner as if it was an Article of greater value; and I hope it will prevent similar Practices in future.…”
ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
1. Olney was collector of customs at Providence.
2. William Barton.