From William Ellery
[Newport, Rhode Island] November 4, 1793. “Inclosed is a statemt. of the case of Caleb Brown owner and master of the Sloop Deby. Her License issued from the Custom house in this Port before the new Coasting Act1 took place, and on the second day of last March, She saild from the Port of Pawcatuck on her fishing voyage, but had no permit separate from her Licence.… He has paid the duties on the Salmon and Mackrel, and the fees and entry as if from a foreign port, and left his Licence in my office. I have not prosecuted him for going to a foreign port with his License, because I was in doubt on the subject and was unwilling to put him to expence, but have referred the whole matter to your decision.…”2
LC, Newport Historical Society, Newport, Rhode Island.
1. “An Act for enrolling and licensing ships or vessels to be employed in the coasting trade and fisheries, and for regulating the same” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 305–18 [February 18, 1793]).
2. In his letter book Ellery endorsed this letter “Answered.” H’s reply has not been found.