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From Alexander Hamilton to Tench Coxe, [February-May 1791]

To Tench Coxe

[Philadelphia, February-May, 1791]

Dr. Sir

I send you some letters to be copied also the draft of instructions to Commanders of Revenue Cutters to be considered &c.1

The preparation of the other letters concerning Cutters ought to be a primary object. As Registers cannot pursuant to the Registering Act2 be furnished to them will it not be proper they should have some Treasury paper as equivalent to it? If it will a Survey ought to be directed to be transmitted to the Treasury.

I remain at home this forenoon. Send me the note of monies in hands of Collectors when ready & whatever papers require signing.

I wish also to have your draft and my alterations of the manufacturing Report3 as I am about to review the whole and give it its final form. I want to see the papers in their original state as there are some minute things which have been altered perhaps not for the better—& on a revision may be reinstated.

Yrs. sincerely

A Hamilton

ALS, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1See “Treasury Department Circular to the Captains of the Revenue Cutters,” June 1, 4, 1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , VIII, 406–07, 426–33).

2“An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845). description ends 55–65 [September 1, 1789]).

3See H to Coxe, February 1, 1791 (printed in this volume); “Report on the Subject of Manufactures,” December 5, 1791 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , X, 1–340); Coxe’s draft of the Report (printed in this volume).

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