To Samuel Bosworth1
Dec. 2⟨d⟩ 1790.
I have received you⟨r l⟩etter2 relative to the hydrometer3 which will be sent to you as soon as finished. Should it be in your power to borrow one for the short time before it reaches you it will be convenient.
The Bond4 sent on by you is right in all respects except that it should be to “The United States of America” and not to me as Secretary of the Treasury. You and your Surety will be pleased to execute another with that alteration and to transmit it to me.
I am, Sir, Your obedient servant
Samuel Bosworth Esq.
LS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
2. Letter not found.
3. See “Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” December 18, 1790 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VII, 368–72).
4. See Section 52 of “An Act to provide more effectually for the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 171 [August 4, 1790]).