Alexander Hamilton Papers

Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs, 25 November 1789

Treasury Department Circular to the
Collectors of the Customs

Treasury Department Novr. 25th. 1789.


I request you to procure and send me without delay the revenue laws of your State in force immediately preceding the Act of Congress laying a duty on imports;1 as well those relating to imports as others: the whole being wanted for information. Should it not be practicable to obtain the Revenue laws distinct from the other laws of the State, you will be pleased to procure and forward the whole, with all the dispatch possible.

I am, Sir, Your obedt. Servt.

A. Hamilton
Secy of the Treasury

LS, to Sharp Delany, Bureau of Customs, Philadelphia; copy, to Sharp Delany, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives; LS, to Charles Lee, Charles Lee Papers, Library of Congress; L[S], to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, Library of Congress; LS, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1H is referring to “An Act for laying a Duty on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises imported into the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 24–27 [July 4, 1789]).

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