1 page, 4to, small closed tears at right edge of horizontal creases, docketed on verso. Text in secretarial hand. Signed by Hamilton at lower right. Matted and framed. " /> HAMILTON, Alexander (1757-1804). Letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), as Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Department, [Philadelphia], 27 May 1794. <I>1 page, 4to, small closed tears at right edge of horizontal creases, docketed on verso</I>. Text in secretarial hand. Signed by Hamilton at lower right. Matted and framed. | Christie's
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    HAMILTON, Alexander (1757-1804). Letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), as Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Department, [Philadelphia], 27 May 1794. 1 page, 4to, small closed tears at right edge of horizontal creases, docketed on verso. Text in secretarial hand. Signed by Hamilton at lower right. Matted and framed.

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    HAMILTON, Alexander (1757-1804). Letter signed ("A. Hamilton"), as Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Department, [Philadelphia], 27 May 1794. 1 page, 4to, small closed tears at right edge of horizontal creases, docketed on verso. Text in secretarial hand. Signed by Hamilton at lower right. Matted and framed.

    AN IMPORTANT BOOST TO THE NEW AMERICAN ECONOMY, as Hamilton encourages the fishing industry. "In conformity with the opinion of the Attorney General, I have to inform you that the addition of 20 cents made to the allowances to Fishing Vessels by the Act of May 2nd, 1792 is to extend as well to the limitation of 170 Dollars contained in the Act of the 16th of February preceding as to the specific rates of allowance; that is to say the limitation is now Two Hundred and four Dollars instead of one hundred and seventy Dollars." Hamilton--the quintessential hands-on manager--explains that "A temporary absence of the Comptroller occasions the direct communications of the above opinion from this office."

    Hamilton issues this circular directive at an important moment for himself and the nation. Two weeks earlier John Jay embarked on his ill-fated mission to London to negotiate with the British government over (among other things) their continued depredations on American trade. Later that summer, the anti-tax protestors in Pennsylvania that comprised the so-called "Whisky Rebellion" provoked Hamilton and Washington into aggressive military action to crush the protestors. Hamilton personally led the contingent of some 13,000 troops in the field. On top of all this, 1794 also saw Hamilton's wife Eliza suffer a miscarriage. By the end of the year Hamilton decided it was time for him to quit the Cabinet and return with his family to New York City and to his law practice.


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