Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Daves, 15 April 1794

From John Daves

New Bern [North Carolina] April 15, 1794. “I have seized a Schooner Called the Fox of Washington … she having made a voyage to the West Indies without giving up her Coasting license.…1 The Attorney2 has libelled her and is to be tried next Court.”

Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at New Bern, National Archives.

1This was a violation of Section 8 of “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 308 [February 18, 1793]).

2William Hill was United States attorney for the District of North Carolina.

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