Partly-printed DS, signed “Alex. Hamilton, Sec'y of the Treasury,” one page, 8.75 x 13.25, April 10, 1790. Early ship's registration document, in part: "In pursuance of an act of the Congress of the United States of America, entitled 'An act for registering and clearing vessels, regulating the coasting trade, and for other purposes,' William Patterson of Baltimore Town, Merchant, having taken and subscribed the oath required by the said act, and having sworn that he is sole owner of the ship or vessel, called the Robert, of Baltimore, whereof John Higgins is at present master, and is a citizen of the United States, and that the said ship or vessel was built in the State of Virginia, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty six." Signed in the left margin by Secretary Hamilton under an affixed Treasury seal; also signed by former Continental Army officer Otho Holland Williams as collector beneath his red wax seal, and by one other. In very good condition, with trimmed edges, light toning and staining, and complete silking to both sides.
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