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It appears probable that the public interests would be promoted by my receiving the earliest information when breaches of the Revenue Laws take place. I therefore request; that whenever a seizure shall be made within the sphere of your duty, you will transmit me by the first opportunity an account of the transaction, containing such particulars as will enable me fully to understand the case. I...
The Secretary of the Treasury, to whom was referred the petition of Thomas Wickes, by an order of the House of Representatives, of the 13th of April 1790, thereupon respectfully reports: That the case, in which the petitioner seeks relief, is one of those provided for in the Act of Congress, passed the 12th of August 1790. That the claim, appearing to have been included in a return made to the...
A Proclamation. Whereas I have received information that certain persons in violation of the Laws, have presumed under colour of a foreign authority to enlist, within the state of Kentuckey, citizens of the United States, and have there assembled an armed force for the purpose of invading and plundering the territories of a nation at peace with the said United States: And Whereas such...
I have this day written to the Captain of the revenue cutter building for the [Pennsya.] station and I enclose you the letter unsealed which you will deliver to him open after you have caused a copy of it to be made and kept for your own information. It will also be proper that you retain a copy of my circular instructions to him, which are likewise transmitted unsealed. You will perceive that...
Inclosed you will find for your information, generally, and Government, in certain particulars, certain explanations & instructions concerning the two Acts, severally entitled “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...
[To the Select Committee Appointed to Examine the Treasury Department] Principles and course of proceeding, with regard to the disposition of the monies borrowed abroad, by virtue of the Acts of the 4 and 12 of August 1790, as to the point of authority. It was conceived by the Secretary of the Treasury, to be a clear principle resulting from the constitution of the Treasury Department, and...
It has been represented to me by the officers of this department, that some of the Commissioners of Loans, who have received on loan certificates of the Register of the Treasury, have issued new loan certificates therefor, without a previous transmission of them to the Treasury for examination. You will find by a recurrence to the circular letter of the 16th September, that it is therein...
The Secretary of the Treasury, to whom were referred the several petitions in the list hereunto annexed, specified, respectfully makes the following Report, thereupon. The said several petitions seek compensation for property of the respective petitioners used, damaged or destroyed by the Army of the United States, during the late War with Great Britain. In the course of the war, the Officers...
I have made the following arrangement with the Bank of the united States for the accommodation of the merchants of Philadelphia whose bonds for duties shall become payable between this date and the last day of the ensuing month of march. The Bank will discount during the period mentioned the notes of such merchants as are indebted to the Custom house, for 30 days, for the respective sums that...
A question has occurred whether upon a Petition being presented in order to the mitigation or remission of any forfeiture, which may have been incurred, the Judge to whom it is presented may release the Vessel or goods forfieted, upon taking some proper surety to abide the event. I deem it not proper to give an opinion respecting the construction of the law in this particular; but I think it...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom were referred by the House of Representatives, the several Petitions noted at foot hereof, respectfully reports thereupon as follows— The Claims to which the said petitions severally relate, are barred by the Acts of Limitation. The Secretary has repeatedly and especially in his Report of the 16th. of April 1792, suggested the weighty reasons which operate...
[To the Speaker of the House of Representatives] The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully reports to the House of Representatives, the Estimates herewith transmitted, No. 1, 2, 3 and 4. The first relating to the Civil List, or the Expenditure for the support of    Government, during the year 1791, amounting to Dollars 299.276.53.  The second exhibiting some additional objects of expenditure...
[ Philadelphia, March 18, 1791. On March 30, 1791, Nathaniel Appleton wrote to Hamilton : “I am this Evening favourd with your Circular Letters of 17th and 18 instant.” Circular of March 18 not found. ]
The Secretary at War informs me that the arrangement which has been made by him for supplying provisions and other necessaries at the several recruiting rendezvouses within the State of Maryland will expire with the present year; and that a further arrangement will be necessary for the succeeding year. Convinced that under your care the business would be put upon the most proper footing, I...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by an order of the House of Representatives of the 14th. July 1790, the petition of Peter pra Van Zandt, thereupon makes the follow Report— That the Subject of this petition has been decided upon by the Commissioner of the Revenue and the Auditor, subsequent to the reference of it to the Secretary—and that the interposition of Congress...
On considering several representations which have been made to me relative to the rations for the cutters, I have determined on the following mode of conducting the business. A price not exceeding twelve cents for each man per diem may be agreed for by you with the Captain or any other person, who will contract to supply the necessary articles. It is hoped that this will enable you to conduct...
The Comptroller of the Treasury being prevented by sickness from executing the duties of his Office I have found it necessary to instruct Mr. Joseph Hardy his first Clerk, to sign all such papers as are requisite to transfer Stock from one Loan Office to another, and to and from the Books of the Treasury. You will therefore proceed upon warrants signed by me and counter signed by him, as if...
It appears that the summary of the amount of Duties on Imposts and Tonnage which accrued within your district during the first Quarter of the present Year has not yet come to hand. The importance of Punctuality in this particular, was strongly indicated by my Letter of the 12th of October 1792. The delay embarrasses me, and is a cause of regret. I hope for your exertions to avoid a similar...
A confidence in your disposition to promote the public interests, has induced me to trouble you on a subject in which the safety of Government is concerned. The 12th. section of the Act of the Legislature of the 4th instant “making provision for the debt of the United States” subjects the quantum and sufficiency of the Security to be given by the Commissioners of the New Loans to my judgment...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred the petition of Elisha Bennett, by an order of the Senate of the 20th. of November 1792, thereupon Respectfully Reports That the claim of the Petitioner is one, to the adjustment of which the power of the Treasury is competent. That it has been rejected at the Auditors Office for the following reasons: The only paper in that Office relating to...
The alteration of one of the proposed instructions for conducting your Office rendered an addition of a Column for Certificates of the Register of the Treasury necessary in the form M. It was however overlooked. You will therefore determine whether either of the two Columns for Certificates issued by State Commissioners intended for those States wherein there have been two is unnecessary in...
Table Shewing the Effect of a Sum Annually Created, Equal to the Interest of the Sum to Be Redeemed, Within Each Year, for a Period of Nine Years, Commencing from the 1st of January 1793. On the Supposition, That the Interest on the Sum Annually Redeemed, Be Invested, As It Is Liberated, in the Purchase of 6 Per Cent Stock, at the Price of 22 Shillings in the Pound. Periods of redemption Sums...
[ Philadelphia, March 21, 1791. On July 1, 1791, Meletiah Jordan wrote to Hamilton : “Your Letter (Circular) of the 21st March, observes I should inform you what Post Office would be most convenient for me to get my Letters from.” Circular not found. ]
Inclosed is the copy of an Act for amending the “Act for registering and Clearing Vessels, regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes,” which I transmit you for your Government. I am   Sir   Your humble servt. LS , to Charles Lee, Charles Lee Papers, Library of Congress; LS , to John Scott, Harvard College Library; LS , to William Webb, Princeton University Library; L[S] , to Otho...
[To the Select Committee Appointed to Examine the Treasury Department] dollars Cts 1791 Dollars Cts Amount of bills on Amsterdam placed in the Bank of New york for sale f 1,125,000 @ 36⁴⁄₁₁/90 454,545 30 Aug: 17 Warrant in favour of the Treasurer 132,121 87 1792 Interest   4,712 79 May 31 ditto 327,136 22 Dollars 459,258 09 Dollars 459,258 09 1791
A Summary Statement Exhibiting the Receipts into the Treasury from Domestic Resources, and Also the Expenditures of the United States Other Than for the Repayment of Domestic Loans, or Out of the Proceeds of Bills Drawn on Amsterdam, from the Commencement of the Present Government to the End of 1793. Quarter ending December 31: 1789. To warrants for Expenditures drawn to december 31: 1789...
Proof has been filed in the office of the Collector of Newbury Port, agreeably to the 13th section of the act, entitled, “An act for registering and clearing Vessels, regulating the coasting Trade, &c.” of the loss of two Certificates of registry, of the following numbers and description, viz. No. 42, dated Newbury Port the 19th of April 1790, granted to Benjamin Joy, owner and master of the...
Statement Shewing the Particular Periods, when the Bonds Were Distributed, and the Monies Received upon the Different Loans. On the first Loan, dated the 1st. of February 1790. florins.   1790. February. Received by the Commissioners 1.167.000.    “ March   ditto 515.000.    “ April   ditto 232.000.    “ May   ditto 230.000.    “
There are in the possessions of the late Loan Officers of the United States, several specie of public paper the holding of which must be inconvenient to them, while they ought, in propriety to be at the Seat of Government. I therefore request that on the receipt of this letter you will be pleased to forward to me the Indents, blank Loan Office Certificates, bills of Credit, known by the name...
The Secretary of the Treasury, to whom was referred, by the House of Representatives, the petition of Elizabeth Rockwell, Administratrix of William Rockwell, respectfully makes the following Report thereupon. The said petition seeks compensation for Scow hire, freight and some small articles of supply, amounting together to £38.13. lawful money of Connecticut, alleged to have been contracted...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred the Petition of John Edgar of Kaskaskias by an Order of the House of Representatives of the 2nd of February 1791, thereupon respectfully makes the following Report— The Petitioner represents that during his residence in the Western Country, he made, at different periods, presents to several Tribes of Indians in the Illonois Country, consisting...
I have already communicated to you some general instructions to govern you in the execution of your duty as the Commander of the revenue cutter for the [Massachusetts] Station. I have now to inform you that your vessel will be under the management of the Collector of [Boston] as to supplies of provisions, stores, and occasional repairs, and I shall write him to that effect this day. You will...
I have this day written to the Collector of Boston informing him, that in addition to his duty as agent for the cutter under your command, she is henceforward committed to his general direction, subject only to the instructions which shall be from time to time received from this department. You will therefore receive and execute his orders, and you will make your communications to him,...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred the Petition of Stephen Porter, respectfully makes the following Report. The Petitioner claims compensation and indemnification in relation to 1st a quantity of Grain which he furnished for the Use of the Army in the Year 1778. 2nd. the rent of a Store-House belonging to him, which was occupied for the Use of the Troops of the United States...
I am informed through one of the representatives of the State of virginia, that some co-operation with the executive of that State on the part of the Officers of the Customs is necessary to the perfect execution of the Tobacco inspection Law. That acts directs, that the Tobacco inspectors Shall by every boat or other craft loaded with Tobacco, Send a List of the marks weights &ca of every...
The Secretary of the Treasury, to whom was referred the petition of sundry merchants of Wilmington in the State of North Carolina, by an order of the House of Representatives of the 26th of May 1790, thereupon respectfully reports: That the case of the petitioners, as appears by their own shewing, is one arising wholly under the laws of the State of North Carolina, prior to its acceding to the...
The Secretary of the Treasury to whom was referred by an order of the House of Representatives of the 24th May 1790, the Petition of William Hardy and Joseph Bedford, thereupon respectfully Reports— That upon inquiry it is understood to be true, that the Petitioners were employed by direction of the late Board of Treasury, in the examination, counting and destroying of the Old Emission Money,...
[ Philadelphia, May 3, 1794. The minute book of the select committee appointed to examine the Treasury Department records on this date a “Letter from the Secy. of the Treasy. accompanying statement of informal advances.” Letter and report not found. ] Copy, RG 233, Papers of the Select Committee Appointed to Examine the Treasury Department, Third Congress, National Archives. For background to...
The Secretary of the Treasury on the Letter from the Governor of North Carolina of the 25 of February last and the accompanying documents referred to him by the President respectfully makes the following Report. William Skinner Commissioner of Loans for North Carolina, by two letters dated at Hillsborough the 22 of July 1791, informed the Secretary of the Treasury of certain resolutions of the...
The House of Representatives having been pleased to direct me to examine and report upon the emoluments of the several Officers of the Customs, I find it necessary to enable me to form a satisfactory judgment upon the subject, that I be furnished with an accurate account, as much as possible in detail, of all the Monies received in the four quarters of the year 1790 by every Officer of the...
There is a species of information, which it will be convenient to you to obtain and which will be of important use to the Government: it respects the mode of Navigating of the several States; and of Foreign Nations. With a view to which I have framed a number of Queeries, to which as speedily as the requisite enquiries can be made, I request answers. Thought I do not consider it as a part of...
It being necessary to ascertain correctly the state of the public monies in the several Custom-Houses, I enclose you a form of a return of bonds which may not be paid with punctuality, which it is my desire that you regularly transmit at foot of every monthly return of bonds, though there should be none unpaid, noting in the proper column that the fact is so. Those parts which are printed in...
The Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to the order of the Senate of the 28th of March 1792 “directing the Secy of the Treasury to inquire into the expediency & report to Congress at their next session, the expediency of erecting a light house at Occracock island, or elsewhere, near the entrances of Occracock Inlet, & an estimate of the probable expense,” respectfully makes the following...
In further obedience to the order of the Senate, I have the honor to transmit a return of the Tonnage of all the vessels employed in the import, coasting, and fishing trades of the United States, for one year, ending on the 30th September, 1790. This document will be found to exhibit the degree in which American and foreign vessels participate in every branch of the commerce of the United...
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In my speech to the two houses of Congress at the opening of the session I urged the expediency of being prepared for war as one of the best securities to our peace. Events which seem dayly to be unfolding themselves press still more seriously upon us the duty of being so prepared, indicating that the calamities of war may by a train of circumstances be forced upon us, notwithstanding the most...
It is an abatement of the satisfaction, with which I meet you, on the present occasion, that in felicitating you on a continuance of the national prosperity, generally, I am not able to add to it information, that the Indian hostilities, which have for some time distressed our N Western frontier, have terminated. You will doubtless learn, with as much concern as I communicate it, that...
Agreement between Alexander Hamilton Secretary of the Treasury on behalf of the United States of the one part; and the President, Directors & Company of the Bank of the United States of the other part; made January the Twenty eighth 1795. The said President Directors & Company shall forthwith transfer or cause to be transferred into the name of Messrs. Wilhem & Jan Willink & Nicholas & J. Van...
[ Philadelphia ] March 24, 1792 . “Articles of agreement between Alexander Hamilton Secretary of the Treasury, on behalf of the United [States] of America, and Peter Nagle & Philip Zieber of the Borough of Reading in the County of Berks Hatters.… That the said Peter Nagle and Philip Zieber shall furnish & Delive⟨r⟩ to the order of the Secretary for the department of War four Thousand Six...