Lot 29
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Alexander Hamilton, as First Secretary of the Treasury

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  • Signed ("A. Hamilton") Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs
  • Paper, Ink
Printed document signed, 1 page (9 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.; 231 x 188 mm), Treasury Department [Philadelphia], 6 August 1792; browned, some minor repair at folds and margins.


The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Harold Syrett, 12:181–82

Catalogue Note

Secretary Hamilton here forwards to the customs collectors he opinion of Attorney General Edmund Randolph regarding an "Act for raising a further sum of money for the protection of the Frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned." He instructs the collectors that according to Randolph, "the regulation, requiring the immediate payment of the duties on imported articles, when the amount should not exceed fifty dollars, is repealed in all cases, except those relating to Salt, West India produce, Wines and Teas."

Hamilton offers further clarification on the treatment of salt and tea, as well as on the proper application of duties to brass.