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Mischief Related to Construction at the Port of Charleston

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CollectionConnecticut Historical Society: Oliver Wolcott Jr. Papers. view image
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Date January 2, 1795
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: Treasury Department
Recipient Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Summary Hamilton expresses concern about construction at the port of Charleston which has not been pursued according to the rules established by the President and the relevant Act of Congress and which may result in undue exprense to the United States. A circular should be sent to the officers of Charleston which provides the necessary instructions.
Document Format Autograph Draft Letter
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Related Persons/Groups Timothy Pickering; Alexander Hamilton; Collector of Charleston; Comptroller; President; Congress; Executives of South Carolina; Secretary of State; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places Treasury Department; Charleston; Westward; ;
Keywords letters; construction; port; rules of the President; act of Congress; armed vessels; equipping; mischief; circular instruction; ;
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Treasury Department January 2d1795
I send you copies of two letters, one from me to the Collector of Charleston
of September 4th & another from the Comptroller to the same Officer of October 6th, on the subject of construction which has been given in that
port to the rules of the President and the Act of Congress of last session
concerning equipping of armed vessels.
I fear much mischief has ensued from this con==struction which in the end will be
not a little expensive to the U. States.
It is probable that the Executives appears that the Governor of South
Carolina has participated in the Error which unders if necessary, that a
circular instruction should go the Officers of that description.
The like may be necessary with regard to the Executives of the respective
States for which purpose copies of these ---------
On my leaving this city for the Westward in the close of September, I left a
memorandum with the Comptroller
Comptroller to make a communication of this matter, in order that they might cooperate,
to the Secretaries of State & War. He informs me that he took an early
opportunity of doing it.
With great respect
I have the honor to be Sir
Your Obtsert

January 2d 1795
Secretary at War
Secretary of War