Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joshua Wentworth, 7 September 1791

From Joshua Wentworth

Portsmo. New Hamps. Septr. 7th. 1791.


The 2d Instant I was honored by your’s of 24th Ulto.1 inclosing five forms of the System for the government of the Revenue, those Compleats my receipt of the whole. And inclosed is a return of form No. 1. This I shou’d have forwardd. some time past, but supposing others might be necessary to accompany it, delayed transmiting this return until the whole of the System had reached me, to which and your explination of the Act2 I shall pay every attention.

The opperation of the Law meets with no Embarrassment nor have I reason to suppose any will ensue in the execution of it, in this District.

Agreeably to the power vested in me by the Law I have appointed Mr George Wentworth3 Collector of Revenue, an Inhabitant of this Town, formerly a Ship Master in the Merchants Service, and their being but one Distillery in this District at present, Mr. Wentworth’s is the only appointment taken place.

The necessary Oaths of Office were attended to, and are forwarded to the Comptroller of the Treasury as the Law prescribes. A Bond likewise is taken of the Collector of Revenue agreeably to your Directions.

Your letters of the 7th May & 22d June4 were duly received & every attention are paid to their Contents. With all possible convenience I will transmit a reply to your enquiries of the latter. Remaining respectfully   Sir yr most obedient   & very hble servt.

Josh. Wentworth

Alexander Hamilton Esquire

ALS, RG 58, General Records, 1791–1803, National Archives.

1Letter not found.

2“An Act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon Distilled Spirits imported from abroad, and laying others in their stead; and also upon Spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 199–214 [March 3, 1791]).

3George Wentworth was Joshua’s brother.

4Neither letter has been found. The letter of June 22, 1791, may have been the Treasury Department circular which H sent to the supervisors of the revenue on this date.

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