Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Webb, 5 May 1790

To William Webb

Treasury Department, May 5, 1790. “In answer to yours of the 16th. of April1 I have to observe, that the rate of foreign Tonage may be waved in the case you state.… With regard to the 40th. Section of the Collection law,2 it is to be understood that American as well as foreign vessels are within the provisions of the Section and subject to seizure and forfeiture.”

LS, United States Finance Miscellany, 1762-1810, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2“An Act to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 29–49 [July 31, 1789]).

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