p.3 A report having been circulated, that vessels and boats from Upper Canada, are liable to seizure upon entering the ports of the United States, on the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario, by virtue of a late Act of Congress, and the instructions from their Treasury department the Collector of Sackets Harbor has been applied to for information and has given the following answer, addressed to a gentleman in Kingston.
Custom House, Sackets Harbor May 16th, 1823
In answer to yours of the 14th inst. I would inform you, that British vessels from the Province of Upper Canada are considered as not coming from a place closed against vessels of the United States, by its ordinary Laws of Navigation and Trade; and such British vessels, upon giving bonds that the articles laden on board, shall be landed in some Port or place, other than a Port or place in a British Colony or Territory, which by its ordinary laws etc., is closed against vessels of the U. States, are permitted to export the products of this Country.
Consequently, in the case put, the Boat can enter, and take the cargo mentioned on giving the bond required. Respectively
John M. Canfield, Collector