Dec 19, 1862 - Cushwa's business delayed by Pennsylvania collector
Mr. David Cushwa, a respecting and native-born citizen of our county, a tanner by occupation, about four weeks ago purchased in Baltimore a lot of hides for his business, which were regularly entered, at the Custom House, both himself and the shipper having taken the proscribed oaths. Upon their reaching this place Mr. Cushwa called to receive them at the same time producing his permit from the Collector at Baltimore. To his surprise they were withheld from him by some party representing himself as a government officer, holding his appointment from the Collector at Philadelphia, until Mr. Cushwa should answer certain impertinent and unauthorized questions submitted by him, and which Mr. Cushwa refused to do, and thus his hides are still withheld from him, and his business thereby greatly injured.
Is it possible our government can permit such an outrage, for we cannot suppose for a moment that such a proceeding is authorized by it?
After the authorities at Washington have published certain regulations in cases of this kind for Maryland, which by the parties in this case have been strictly complied with, how can it be possible that these regulations arc to be set at nought by subordinates from another state ? Has it come to this, that Maryland has lost all her rights —that even the acts of our own collector, whose loyalty no one doubts are not only to be supervised, but actually annulled by intruders sent among us from Pennsylvania ?
We call the attention of the Collector at Baltimore to this flagrant infringement upon his official rights, as well as upon the rights of Maryland, and hope a due regard to the interests of our citizens, which are in a degree committed to his charge, will prompt him to an immediate vindication of their rights, and that he will; without delay, submit this matter to the authorities at Washington.
Besides having complied with the government regulations in this particular case, it is proper to add that Mr. Cushwa has also taken the oath of allegiance.
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Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865