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General records, 1778-1789
General records
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  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Officers of State Government - Naval Officers
  • The duties of the naval officers required them to examine goods and clear them for import or export. In addition to the returns and other records kept by the naval officers and searchers, this series contains records concerning the state boats "Liberty" and "Patriot," which were used by the naval officers in the exercise of their duties. During its session begun in October 1788, the General Assembly directed that the boats be sold
  • This series contains the following records: Bonds for Duties Due on Goods, 1787-1791, 1793, 1 in.; Certificates for Goods Exported and Imported, 1788-1789, 39 items; Clearance Papers, 1788-1789, 2 items; Collector of Exported Tobacco Duties, Lists of Tobacco Exported, 1789-1790, 1792, 1 in.; Correspondence and Fragments, 1778, 1783-1784, 1789, 11 items; Duties for Virginia, 1782-1786, n.d., 7 items; Goods Reshipped, Bonds and Manifests, 1787-1789, i in.; Non-Dutiable Goods, Accounts, 1787-1789, 1 in.; Returns of Goods Cleared for Import or Export, 1780-1789, 3ft. 10 in. (arranged alphabetically by district); Sloop "Nancy," Manifest (fragment), May 1787, 1 item; State Boats "Liberty" and "Patriot," Correspondence, Payrolls, and Vouchers, 1782, 1784-1789, n.d., 3 in.; Unidentified Ship Cargo List (fragment), n.d., 1 item
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (Search as Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928))
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During the colonial period the governor appointed customs officials (naval officers) directly, but this practice ended following independence. During its session begun in October 1776, the General Assembly passed an act creating eight customs districts and providing for the election of naval officers to serve in each district. The governor issued commissions to the naval officers following their election by the General Assembly. Each officer was assisted by one or more assistants, called searchers, who registered vessels as they arrived in port, examined and described their cargoes, and noted to whom the goods were consigned. Searchers also registered goods being imported overland; most goods, whether imported by land or sea, came from other states. The naval officers and their assistants also were responsible for registering goods to be exported. The collection of customs by individual states ended in 1790, when the government of the United States assumed that function.
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entry no. 300
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Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
General records
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General records, 1778-1789,
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