George Washington Papers

Executive Order, 25 May 1793

Executive Order

[Philadelphia] May 25th 1793

By the President of the United States.1

An act making allowances for certain services & contingencies in the collection of the Revenue during the year ending on the 30th day of June 1792.

Whereas it has been found necessary to provide a compensation for the legal admeasurement of Stills during the year ending on the 30th day of June 1792. it is hereby established & declared, that there may & shall be allowed to the Collectors of the Revenue on spirits distilled in the United States and upon Stills, for each & every Still by them respectively measured according to law on or before the said 30th day of June 1792. the sum of Thirty Cents.

And whereas it has also been found necessary that certain services & expences of divers officers of inspection & persons actually employed in the business of the Revenue wch have unavoidably arisen out of the first operations of the Act of the 3d day of March 1791, and in the year aforesaid, & certain compensations to the same should be allowed & defrayed.2

The Supervisors of the Revenue for the several Districts herein after mentioned are hereby authorised to allow to the officers & persons employed within their respective Districts, for services & Duties actually by them performed and expences paid during the year aforesaid & not yet compensated or defrayed, the sums set against the said Districts respectively—that is to say—

In the District of South Carolina a sum not exceeding 600 Dollars
In the District of North Carolina 100.
In the District of Virginia 350.
In the District of Maryland 150.
In the District of Delaware 150.
In the District of Pennsylvania 300.
In the District of New York 400.
In the District of Connecticut 200.

Given under my hand at Philadelphia on the 25th day of May 1793.3

Geo: Washington


1Written above the executive order in the letter-book is Alexander Hamilton’s accompanying note, which reads: “The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President; submits the draft of an Act relative to the points lately determined upon by the President.”

2The “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) can be found in 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. For the difficulties experienced by the revenue collectors seeking to enforce this act, see Hamilton to GW, 1 Sept. 1792, and notes, and Proclamation, 15 Sept. 1792. On the salaries of these collectors, see GW to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 22 Nov. 1792, and note 1.

3GW signed this executive order and returned it to Hamilton on this date (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 149).

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