Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Whipple, 24 August 1791

From Joseph Whipple1

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 24, 1791. “The Revenue Cutter being ready for Sea will proceed on a Cruize immediately; no arms or Military Stores having yet come to hand, I will borrow for the first Cruize Such as may be necessary. The person named for 3rd mate Should have been Samuel Hobart instead of Saml Hubert as copied in your letter of the 12th. Ulto. Herewith is inclosed a description of the Cutter received from the Surveyor. She will be accompanied with a Certificate from the Custom House by the Name of the  2 till the instrument intended in lieu of a Register with Such Name as you will be pleased to give her Shall be received. I find that notwithstanding my Utmost endeavors to compleat this Vessel within your limitations the cost will exceed them.…”

LC, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Portsmouth, Letters Sent, 1791–1792, Vol. 3, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Portsmouth, National Archives.

1Whipple was collector of customs at Portsmouth.

2Space left blank in MS. The name Ferret was proposed for the vessel. See Whipple to H, September 9, 1791.

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