Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 11 August 1791

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.

1Olney was collector of customs at Providence.

2William Barton.

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