Appointment as Receiver of Continental Taxes1
[Philadelphia, April 15, 1782]
To Alexander Hamilton Esquire
Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Zeal, Integrity and Abilities I do hereby in Consequence of the Authorities vested in me by an Act of the United States in Congress assembled of the second Day of November last2 appoint you Alexander Hamilton Esquire to be the Receiver of the continental Taxes for the State of New York.
Given under my Hand and Seal in the Office of Finance this fifteenth Day of April in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two
DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this document, see Morris to H, April 15, May 2, July 2, 1782 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , III, 72–75, 86–87, 98–99).
2. On November 2, 1781, Congress passed a resolution recommending that the states “lay taxes for raising their quotas of money for the United States … and to pass acts directing the collectors to pay the same to the commissioner of the loan office, or such other person as shall be appointed by the superintendant of finance, to receive the same within the State …” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937; Reprinted, New York, 1968). description ends , XXI, 1091).