Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 15 February 1793

From Tench Coxe

Treasury Department,
Revenue-Office, February 15th. 1793.


The fourth section of the Act of the 3d. of March, 1791 imposing duties upon domestic spirits, directs that the States shall be divided into districts by the President, in such manner that each district shall consist of one state.1 But it is not clear on account of the limitation of the Number to fourteen that a newly created State can be erected into a District. Should this prove to be the case, it appears necessary that an act should be passed in regard to Kentuckey. The Compensations in that district will also require attention considering the exhausted state of the fund. When your leisure permits I will attend you on this subject and on that of my general Report on the excise.2 If anything is to be done in this session there appears but little time to spare.

I have the honor to be, with great respect   sir, your most Ob. servant

Tench Coxe
Commissr. of the Revenue.

The honorable,
The Secretary of the Treasury.

LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1792–1793, National Archives.

1“An Act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore 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 199–200 [March 3, 1791]).

2Coxe’s report, which was enclosed in H’s “Report on Stills and Spirits Distilled Within the United States,” March 2, 1793, is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Finance, I, 250–51.

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