To John M. Pintard1
Philadelphia April 23. 1791
Your letters of the 7th of December & 19 of January have come duly to hand.
What you mention concerning manifests and certificates of drawbacks certainly merits consideration. When the Collection law2 originated consuls were not yet appointed. You will oblige me by freely intimating whatever occurs to you for the benefit of our Trade and Revenue laws; whether arising from your observations on the practice of other countries, or from your own reflections.
I thank you for your attention in shipping me a pipe of Madeira, which I have received, and anticipate from its excellent quality, a regale in due time to my friends and myself. Mrs. Hamilton joins me in compliments to Mrs. Pintard.
I remain with much regard Sir Your Obed ser
ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Pintard was United States consul in Madeira.
2. “An Act to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and 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 29–49 [July 31, 1789]).