Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Davidson, 17 November 1790

To John Davidson

Treasury Department, November 17, 1790. “I have recieved your letter of the 10th. instant.…1 The late Collection Law specifies, that a certain per centage shall be allowed to Collectors on all sums by them recieved and paid into the Treasury.2 You cannot therefore charge commisions upon monies recieved under it which have not been so disposed of.…”

Copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collectors at Bridgetown and Annapolis, National Archives; copy, RG 56, Letters to Collectors at Small Ports, “Set G,” National Archives.

1Letter not found.

2“An Act to provide more effectually for the collection of the duties imposed by law on goods, wares and merchandise imported into the United States, and 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 145–78 [August 4, 1790]). H is referring to Section 53.

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