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James River District records

Label
James River District records, 1773-1789
Title
James River District records
Inclusive dates
1773-1789
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • These records are part of Auditor of Public Accounts. Administration of State Government: Officers of State Government - Naval Officers
  • This series contains the following records: Book of Inward Entries, 23 June 1787-22 July 1789, 1 vol.; Manifest Book, 2 June 1773-9 September 1775, 1 vol
Note
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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Action
Entered
Additional physical form
also available on microfilm (Miscellaneous Reel 257).
Biographical or historical data
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.
Cataloging source
Vi
Citation location within source
entry no. 301
Citation source
Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Label
James River District records
Arrangement
Alphabetical by title.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2
Immediate source of acquisition
James River District, records, 1773-1789,
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000498149
Type of unit
v.

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