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Report on Duties Arising on Tonnage, for the Year Ending September 30, 1790, [6 January 1791]

Report on Duties Arising on Tonnage, for the Year Ending September 30, 1790

Treasury Department. January 6th. 1791.
[Communicated on January 6, 1791]1

[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives]

Sir,

I have the honor to inform you, that prior to the receipt of the order of the House of Representatives of the 30th. ultimo,2 the formation of several returns of the nature of those designated in their resolution, had been commenced at the Treasury. It had been deemed expedient to make them up, so as to include the space of one year, in order that they might exhibit the annual course of that part of the public business. One of those returns being a general Abstract of the duties on the tonnage employed in the United States for one year, having been completed, as far as the custom-house returns will admit, it is herein transmitted.3 Those of the impost and exports, for the same space of time, will be sent as soon as they shall be completed; and the summary returns, which are requisite to fulfil the order of the House, will also be made with the utmost expedition.

I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, Sir, Your most obedient, and most humble servant,

Alexander Hamilton,
Secry. of the Treasury.

The Honble. F. A Muhlenberg,
Speaker of the House of Representatives

Copy, RG 233, Reports of the Treasury Department, 1791–1792, Vol. II, National Archives; copy, RG 39, Abstract of Duties, January 6, 1791, National Archives; copy in French, Papers of Edmond Genet, Library of Congress; copy, PRO: B.T. 6/21.

1Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826). description ends , 350.

2The House

“Ordered, That the Secretary of the Treasury do report to this House the amount of the exports from the several Districts within the United States, respectively; also of duties arising on imports and tonnage from the first of August, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, to the thirtieth of September, one thousand seven hundred and ninety; and, as soon as may be, from thence to the end of the present year.” (Journal of the House, I description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826). description ends , 346.)

3“A General Abstract of Duties Arising on the Tonnage of Vessels entered into the United States, from the first of October, 1789, to the 30th of September, 1790,” copy, RG 39, Abstract of Duties, January 6, 1791. This document is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Commerce and Navigation, I, 7–8.

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