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The Works of Alexander Hamilton (v. 5)

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Pages: 154

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alexander Hamilton

Excerpt from book: height of arrogance on one side and the depth of humiliation on the other. This is but a part of the picture.1 No Jacobin. INSTRUCTIONS TO THE COLLECTORS OF THE CUSTOMS ' Philadelphia, August 4, 1793. Sir:—It appearing that repeated contraventions of our neutrality have taken place in the ports of the United States, without having been discovered in time for prevention or remedy, I have it in command from the President, to address to the collectors of the respective districts a particular instruction on the subject. It is expected that the officers of the customs in each district will, in the course of their official functions, have a vigilant eye upon whatever may be passing within the ports, creeks, inlets, and waters of such district, of a nature to contravene the laws of neutrality, and upon discovery of any thing of the kind, will give immediate notice to the Governor of the State, and to the attorney of the judicial district, comprehending the district of the customs within which any such contravention may happen. To assist the judgment of the officers on this head, I transmit herewith a schedule of rules, concerning sundry particulars which have been adopted by the President, as deductions from the laws of neutrality,established and received among nations. Whatever shall be contrary to these rules will, of course, be to be notified as above mentioned. 1 Hamilton being ill with the yellow fever, these essays were not continued.—J. C. H. 1 These instructions were called forth by the antics of Genet, the continual seizure of British ships by his privateers, and the illegal acts of the French consuls sitting as prize courts. VoL. V.—4. There are some other points which, pursuant to our treaties, and the determination of the Executive, I ought to no...  


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