Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 3 August 1792

From Jeremiah Olney

Providence 3rd. August 1792.


I have received your favor of the 25th of July, relative to a quantity of Brandy exported by Messrs. Clark & Nightingale,1 the Drawback on which, you say, cannot be allowed unless the proof required, of its having been actually landed at a foreign Port, is produced: The Excise Act, generally so called, passed in March 1791, clearly, I think, authorizes the payment of Drawbacks on all Spirits, imported since the last Day of June, in Six Months after exportation; and allows One and Two Years for the production of the proof of its being landed at a foreign Port, to cancel the exportation Bond.2 If there is any other Act which requires this proof before the Drawback on Spirits can be paid, you will much oblige me, Sir, by pointing it out, as I do not recollect any.

I have the Honor to be &c.

Jereh. Olney Collr.

Alexr. Hamilton Esquire
Secretary of the Treasury.

ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.

2The provisions concerning drawbacks to which Olney is referring are contained in Sections 51, 54, and 57 of “An Act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties hereto-fore laid upon Distilled Spirits imported from abroad, and laying others in their stead; and also upon Spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 210–13).

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