To the United States Senate and House of Representatives
United States [Philadelphia] November the 22d 1792
Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives.
I send you herewith the abstract of a supplementary arrangement which has been made by me pursuant to the Acts of the third day of March 1791 and the eighth day of May 1792 for raising a Revenue upon foreign and domestic distilled Spirits, in respect to the subdivisions and officers which have appeared to me necessary, and to the allowances for their respective services to the Supervisors, Inspectors and other officers of Inspection; together with estimates of the amount of compensations and charges.1
DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–93, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; LB, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–93, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.
1. See “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,” 3 Mar. 1791, and “An Act concerning the Duties on Spirits distilled within the United States,” 8 May 1792 (1 Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 199–214, 267–71). For background on the reports submitted with this letter, see GW’s proclamation of 4 Aug. 1792, and note 2, and GW to Hamilton, 1 Oct. 1792, and note 1. The enclosed abstract consisted of GW’s 22 Nov. restatement of the
4 Aug. proclamation and his orders to revenue officers of 29 Oct. 1792 (DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–93, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages). The other two enclosures were financial reports submitted by Tench Coxe. Report A, dated 12 Sept. 1792, was “An Estimate of the Compensations for, and contingent Expences on, the collection of the Revenue, On domestic distilled Spirits for one year following the 30th June 1791, to which are added the compensations for, and expences of the Inspection of foreign Distilled Spirits, Teas, and wines, for the same term, by the Officers of the Revenue, pursuant to Law,” and report E, dated 25 July 1792, was “An Estimate for the Compensations for and Contingent expences on the Collection of the Revenue on domestic distilled Spirits for one year following the 30th June 1792 to which are added the Compensations for and expences of the Inspection, marking and certifying Teas and Wines for the same by the Officers of the Revenue, pursuant to law” (both estimates are in DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–93, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages). All three enclosures and GW’s letter to Congress of 22 Nov. comprise a printed report in DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–93, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals. See also ASP, Finance, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:171–75.