Circular to Collectors. Treasury Department. Comptroller's Office, November [24 in manuscript], 1801. Sir, Information has been received at the Treasury, that a practice prevails, at some of the Custom-Houses, of permitting vessels to enter, of securing the duties on their cargoes, and afterwards allowing them to proceed to foreign ports without unlading the merchandize. John Comptroller of the Treasury. Steele.

Circular to Collectors. Treasury Department. Comptroller's Office, November [24 in manuscript], 1801. Sir, Information has been received at the Treasury, that a practice prevails, at some of the Custom-Houses, of permitting vessels to enter, of securing the duties on their cargoes, and afterwards allowing them to proceed to foreign ports without unlading the merchandize....

[Washington]: 1801. Broadside. 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. First edition. Edges browned and worn, minor foxing, four old repaired tears on verso, a few closed tears at the folds, and one marginal chip, affecting two letters in two words. Item #43828

Signed in ink by Comptroller Jno Steele. Dated in manuscript at the top edge and in the printed text. John Steele (1764-1815), a Representative from North Carolina between 1790 and 1793, and a Federalist, was comptroller from 1796-1802. He continues: "Such a manifest departure from the law, and from instructions heretofore given, it is supposed cannot have obtained in many instances; but as the extent of the practice is not known, it has been thought proper, once more, to make a circular communication on the subject." Ends with citing the law and a referral to "Circular Letter of the Secretary of the Treasury of the 13th of May, 1791." Rare. We could locate none on OCLC, NUC, Library of Congress database, nor at the American Antiquarian Society.

Price: $350.00