Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United
States, Transmitted to Congress, With the Annual Message of the President,
December 6, 1886
No. 246. Mr. Steele to Mr. Bayard.
Gloucester, Mass., June 5, 1886.
[Received June 7.]
Sir: I inclose the master of the schooner Alice
M. Jordan’s affidavit for your consideration.
Yours, truly, &c.,
GEO. STEELE, President American
United States of
America. District of
I, Alexander Hains, of Gloucester, State of Massachusetts, on my oath
do say that I was master of the schooner Annie M. Jordan, enrolled
and licensed at Gloucester, Mass, when she sailed on a fishing
voyage for cod and halibut on the 26th day of April, A. D. 1886, and
further say that before I sailed I applied at the customhouse for
and received a permit to touch and trade at foreign ports during my
I further say that on the 4th day of May, 1886, I arrived and
anchored at St. Andrews, New Brunswick, in the Dominion of Canada,
and went ashore to the custom-house [Page 501] at that port, where I reported my arrival; applied
to the collector, or person representing the collector, to enter my
vessel for purposes of purchasing and exporting certain merchandise
Said person refused to receive my papers and admit me to an entry,
saying my papers were of no account. I asked why, and stated I had a
permit to touch and trade from the United States authorities at
It was replied to me by said custom-house officer that it made no
difference; my vessel had no business in these waters, and that she
would be seized by the Canadian authorities if she was here when the
cutter came into port. Being thus refused an entry, I returned to my
vessel and left the port.
I arrived in Gloucester, Mass., May 28, 1886. I further say that
damage to my voyage and loss has accrued to the owners of said
vessel, Rowe & Jordan, of Gloucester, from the refusal to admit
her to an entry, and I further say that I anchored in said port and
reported in good faith for purpose of trade, under the belief that
the laws of Great Britain gave to vessels of the United States all
the privilege of trade and export from British North America which
British vessels enjoyed.
ALEXANDER HAINS, Master of
Schooner Annie M. Jordan.
Massachusetts, Essex, ss:
Personally appeared Alexander Hains, and made oath to the truth of
the above statement.
AARON PARSONS, Notary Public.
Permit or license to touch aud
United States of America, District of
Gloucester, Port of
Gloucester, April 26,
Permission is hereby granted to A. Hains, master of the schooner
named the Annie M. Jordan, of Gloucester, burden 9120/100 tons,
which schooner was licensed for carrying on the fishery by D. S.
Presson, collector of the district of Gloucester, in the State of
Massachusetts, on the 4th day of January, 1886, to touch and trade
at any foreign port or place during her voyage presently to be
Given under my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.