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To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 30 January 1795

From Tench Coxe

Treasury Department, Revenue Office, January 30, 1795. “I perceive, that Mr. Biscoe1 mentions in the extract of his letter returned to me this day, that he had enclosed his commission to the President. If the answer be sent which you desire, then the commission should go back to him.”

LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1794–1795, National Archives.

1George Biscoe was collector of customs and inspector of the port at Nottingham, Maryland.

On January 30, 1795, Coxe wrote to George Gale, supervisor of the revenue for the District of Maryland: “I have this day received from the Secretary of the Treasury a note of observation upon a communication made by me to him concerning the desire of George Biscoe, Esqr. to resign his office of Inspector of the Revenue for the ports comprized in his Commission. The Ideas communicated to me are ‘that it is an essential part of the System for the Office of Inspector of the port and the corresponding office in the Customs to be holden by the same person and that Mr Biscoes resignation of one would not therefore be accepted without that of the other office.’ It is also observed that the Collector (of the Customs) is equally prohibited from import trade” (LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1794–1795, National Archives). H’s “note of observation” to Coxe has not been found.

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