The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), May 1, 1876

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Sixty-Eight Years Ago. - In looking over old papers at the Custom House a few days since, we found some clearance manifests issued in 1808, in manuscript. The following is a transcript of a manifest dated Nov. 1st, of that year:

District and Port of Oswego, ss:

These may certify all whom it may concern that Archibald Fairfield, master of an open boat, bound for the port of Sackets Harbor, at having on board the following loading, viz:
Five barrels of whisky,
Nine do beef,
Five do vinegar,
Twenty-three do flour,
Three do pork,
One do vinegar,
Six do flour,
Ten do salt,
and his necessary sea store for the voyage - hath here entered and cleared his said boat and cargo as directed by law.

Given under my hand and seal at the Custom House of Oswego this first day of Nov., one thousand eight hundred and eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the 33d. Joel Burt,


The landing certificate of the above cargo which it seems was required, is as follows:

District and Port of Sackets Harbor:

These may certify all it may concern that the within mentioned property has been re-landed in this district.

Given under my hand and seal this twenty-fourth of March, one thousand eight hundred and ten.

Abel Franklin, Dept. Col.

Here is another certificate showing "how the thing was done," in olden times:

This may certify that Oliver Bunnell has this day landed with an open boat from the port of Oswego with their necessary stores on board and has departed from this to the port of Oswego with their empty boat and sea stores.

Archibald Fairfield.
Ellisburg, July 30, 1808.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), May 1, 1876