Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Halsted, 3 June 1794

From John Halsted1

[Perth Amboy, New Jersey, June 3, 1794. On June 19, 1794, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., wrote to Halsted: “Your Letter of the 3d. instant has been by the Secy of the Treasury referred to this office.”2 Letter not found.]

1Halsted was collector of customs at Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

2The remainder of Wolcott’s letter to Halsted reads as follows: “As the value of the French Assignats has been for some time fluctuating and as Exchange between France & most Countries, has been subject to extraordinary embarrassments, it may be proper to have a suitable regard to the value of Merchandise exported from that Country, in estimating the Duties. I inclose a memorandum which has been obtained from the Custom House here, indicating the value of the French Livres, in Sterling money, at various periods. That may serve as a guide in the present case; on future occasions it may be well for you to apply for information from the Collector for N York” (ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford).

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