Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 28 February 1791

From Jeremiah Olney

Providence, February 28, 1791. Asks Hamilton’s opinion on the “Construction of the Law, relative to the 12 per Cent allowed for Tare on Sugars &c.”1 Asks if the same “deduction for Tare is allowed” for “Cocoa in Bags” as for coffee.

ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.

1This is provided in Section 35 of “An Act to provide more effectually for the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 166 [August 4, 1790]).

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