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Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs, 22 February [5–March] 1793

Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs

Treasury Department Febry 22d [–March 5,] 1793

Sir,

I have made the following arrangement with the Bank of the united States1 for the accommodation of the merchants whose bonds for duties shall become payable between this date and the last day of the ensuing march.2

The Bank will discount during the period mentioned, the notes of such merchants as are endebted to the Custom house, for 30 days, for the respective sums that shall become payable. The Bank will receive those notes from you as cash; they must therefore be drawn in your favour only.

You will please to furnish the Bank with an abstract of the Bonds which will fall due within the time the arrangement is to continue; specifying, names, sums, and times when due. You will make known this arrangement in conversation.3

I am with great consideration   Sir   Your obedt Servt

Alexander Hamilton

LS, dated February 22, 1793, to Sharp Delany, Chicago Historical Society; LS, dated March 5, 1793, to William Ellery, Columbia University Libraries; L[S], dated March 5, 1793, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1772–1818, Vol. 6, National Archives; copy, dated March 5, 1793, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Boston, National Archives; copy, dated March 5, 1793, to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; LS, dated March 5, 1793, to Jeremiah Olney, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; copy, dated March 5, 1793, to Jeremiah Olney, RG 56, Letters to the Collector at Providence, National Archives; copy, dated March 5, 1793, to Jeremiah Olney, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives; LS, dated February 23, 1793, to Otho H. Williams, Columbia University Libraries.

1The name of the bank varied with the area to which the letter was sent.

3This sentence is in H’s handwriting.

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