Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Jonathan Fitch, 24 September 1792

To Jonathan Fitch

Treasury Department
September 24th 1792.


In answer to the question proposed in your letter of the 17th instant,1 I have to observe that the credit for the Duties upon distilled spirits imported, if of the produce of the West Indies is four months; but if of the prod⟨uce⟩ of any other foreign Country the Duties are payable one half in six months, one quarter in nine months and the other quarter in twelve months.2

I am Sir   ⟨Your⟩ Obedt Servant

Jonathan Fitch Esqr.
Collr New Haven.

L[S], Federal Records Center, Boston; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1Letter not found.

2Terms of credit were specified under Section 8 of “An Act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 260–61 [May 2, 1792]). For the text of this section, see Charles Lee to H, July 5, 1792, note 2.

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