Alexander Hamilton Papers

Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs, 20 August 1790

Treasury Department Circular
to the Collectors of the Customs

Treasury Department
August 20. 1790.


The act of July last, imposing duties on the tonnage of vessels,1 provides for the restitution of the foreign duty which has been incurred, by ships or vessels of the United States, by reason of their not having a certificate of registry or enrollment and a licence, when trading Coastwise, or engaged in the fisheries. This refund is to be made in each instance, at the custom house where the duty was paid; and in such manner, that the American tonnage duty of six Cents is to be retained for the United States; and the extra sum of forty four Cents, to which foreigners only, are liable, is to be repaid.

I am, Sir, Your Obedient Ser

Alexander Hamilton

LS, to Charles Lee, Charles Lee Papers, Library of Congress; L[S], to Benjamin Lincoln, RG 36, Collector of Customs at Boston, Letters from the Treasury, 1789–1807, Vol. 4, National Archives; L[S], Office of the Secretary, United States Treasury Department; copy, RG 56, Circulars of the Office of the Secretary, “Set T,” National Archives; copy, United States Finance Miscellany, Treasury Circulars, Library of Congress.

1“An Act imposing duties on the tonnage of ships or vessels (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 135–36 [July 20, 1790]). H is referring to Section 4 of this measure.

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