The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 6, 1880

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The Port of Oswego
Commission of the First Collector - The Sign Manual of Thomas Jefferson - Collector's and Post Master's Emoluments in 1807 and 1811.

Mr. B. B. Burt has just discovered among some papers preserved by members of the Burt family several documents of peculiar interest, and among them four now on our desk. The first of these is the commission of Joel Burt as "collector of customs for the district of Oswego, dated at the city of Washington the 3d of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three," and another being the commission of Joel Burt as "inspector of the revenue for the port of Oswego," bearing the same date as the first named, and both signed by the hand of "Th. Jefferson, president," and "James Madison, secretary of state." These documents bear the broad seal of the United states and are in excellent preservation. The next is a copy of an exhibit endorsed "Account of the emoluments arrising from the entrance and clearance of vessels, certificates, salary and commissions for the year 1807" of Joel Burt, collector of the port of Oswego.

From this it appears that the number of clearances ifor 1807 was "129 vessels and boats" at $1.50 each - $193.50. The number of "entrances" during the same time was 91, and the amount received therefore $136.50. "Thirty certificates accompany over British portages at 20 cents each" were issued that year. The salary was $250. The commissions on $250 at 3 percent - $7.50. This report was made January 1, 1808, and is signed and sworn to by Joel Bulrt. The next is a copy of the report of Joel Burt, postmaster of Oswego, for the quarter ending December 31, 1811. The receipts of the office for the time named was $35.93. The emoluments of the postmaster and the running expenses of the offices for that quarter amounted to $14.38, of which the postmaster got $10.27. Mr. B.B. Burt has several other very interesting ancient documents which will be a boon to the antiquarians and old settlers generally.

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Many of these documents are at Special Collections, Penfield Library, State University College at Oswego.
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March 6, 1880
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Richard Palmer
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 6, 1880