George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 31 October 1791

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States [Philadelphia] October 31st 1791.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives.

I send you herewith the arrangement which has been made by me, pursuant to the Act, entitled “An Act repealing, after the last day of June next, the duties heretofore laid upon distilled Spirits imported from abroad, & laying others in their stead, and also upon spirits, distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same,” in respect to the subdivision of the several districts, created by the said Act, into surveys of Inspection, the appointment of Officers for the same, and the assignment of compensations.

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DS, ICHi; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals.

For the Excise Act of 3 Mar. and the arrangements made under it, see GW to the U.S. Senate, 4 Mar. (third letter), Executive Order, 15 Mar., source note, GW to Alexander Hamilton, 15 Mar.; 1 Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 199–214. The accompanying document, signed by Hamilton on 31 Oct., is printed in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 9:426–31. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives received the message on 1 Nov. (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 21–24, 150).

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