From Meletiah Jordan
Frenchman’s Bay [District of Maine] October 1, 1794. “Your letter of 23d June1 requesting to know the issue of the suit instituted against the Schooner Polly & Cargo2 I received but yesterday Sir. I am sorry to inform you that the issue has proved unfavorable to the States. The trial was in Sept. but the particular proceedings of the Court I have not yet been able to obtain but expect them hourly when I will immediately forward them to your Office.3 The Libel against the Grindstones4 through some inattention of the Marshall5 or Attorney6 is not yet published though I expect it will [be] time enough for the December term at Portland.7 I will beg leave to inform you that this District is particularly deficient in proper Officers to attend to the accounts of the Revenue whether that or my ignorance of the existing authority or their unwillingness to aid may be the reason.… You will pardon my prolixity on this subject but the extent & detached situation of the District is very commodious for Smugglers and every precaution in my power is used though they are sometimes useless.…”
Copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Gloucester, Machias, and Frenchman’s Bay, National Archives.
1. Letter not found.
3. On September 5, 1794, the United States District Court for the District of Maine in the case of Meletiah Jordan v Schooner Polly “Decreed … that the said Schooner Polly with her tackle, apparel, & the Goods, Wares & Merchandise found on board thereof, be forthwith restored to the respective Claimants” (D, Records of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Federal Records Center, Boston).
5. Henry Dearborn.
6. Daniel Davis was acting United States attorney for the District of Maine in the September and December, 1794, terms of the court, replacing William Lithgow, Jr., who was ill.
7. On December 3, 1794, the United States District Court for the District of Maine in Meletiah Jordan v 11 Grindstones ruled “no Claimant appearing declared forfeited” (D, Records of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Federal Records Center, Boston).