To Samuel Jones1
[New York, September, 1789]
|I||Are the duties recoverable on goods imported between the first of August and the time the custom house was organised in a state recoverable?|
|II||May vessels arriving in any port leave that port without paying or securing the duties prior to the expiration of 48 hours and go where they please or not?|
|III||May they only go prior to the same period to another state?|
|IV||May they after that period go to another state? If in any case must it appear that they were originally bound to that other state or not.|
|V||Can a vessel go from one district to another in the same state before or after the 48 hours without paying or securing the duties in the first district?|
AD, Museum of the City of New York.
1. H’s questions concern the interpretation of the provisions of “An Act to regulate the Collection of Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 29–49 [July 31, 1789]) and “An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 55–65 [September 1, 1789]).