Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Otho H. Williams, 10 December 1791

To Otho H. Williams

Treasury Department
Dec. 10. 1791.


It has been represented to me by Mr. Kearney Wharton1 of Philadelphia, that some hardship has fallen on him in consequence of the want of proper instruments to ascertain the strength of a parcel of Rum belonging to him and lately imported by Messrs. Oliver and Thompson2 from Antigua. Though I have not yet decided how far it may be proper to make these revisions, I wish that measures may be taken by you in conjunction with the Surveyor3 to have the whole invoice reexaminied, and such enquiries made as to the difference of price between it and Rum of Antigua as has been taken, or as it appears likely to be necessary for the owners to accept. You will be aware that particular care is necessary in examining goods, which have been so long unladen, and which may have passed through several hands.

I am, Sir,  Your obedt. servant

Alexander Hamilton

Otho H. Williams Esq
Collector Baltimore.

LS, Columbia University Libraries.

1Wharton was a Philadelphia merchant.

2Presumably John Oliver and Henry Thompson, Baltimore merchants.

3The surveyor of the port of Baltimore was Robert Ballard.

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