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 November 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 Sacket's Harbor, having on board the following loading. Viz :
Five barrels 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--both 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 first day of November one thousand eight hundred and eight, and of the independence of the United States of America, the3rd. Joel Burt, Collector.
The landing certificate of the above cargo, which it seems was required, is as follows :
District and Port of Sacket's Harbor:
These may certify all it may concern that the within mentioned property has been re-landed in this district.
Given order my hand and seal this twenty-fourth of March, one thousand eight hundred and ten. Abel Franklin, Deputy Collector.
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.
Ellisburg, July 30th, 1808