The Resource James River District records, 1773-1789
- James River District records, 1773-1789
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- 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
- 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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- also available on microfilm (Miscellaneous Reel 257).
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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. 301
- Citation source
- Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
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