Fantastic Thomas Jefferson Letter Signed Related to The Assumption Act of Alexander Hamilton, Sent to Fellow Signer Samuel Huntington With His Handwritten Docket. The Compromise Incredibly Important! 

1p of a bifolium, measuring 7.5" x 9.5", New York, dated April 19, 1790. A letter signed "Th: Jefferson" and addressed to Samuel Huntington, Governor of Connecticut. Written in another hand (likely a secretary), Jefferson transmits two copies of a new Act. The letter has flattened mail folds, with faint toning and foxing throughout. Boldly signed by Jefferson.

Jefferson Sends Fellow Signer Samuel Huntington Copies of an Act Suspending a Law Re: Potomac Bound Vessels, Which Opposed by Virginia Merchants Was Part of Hamilton’s Compromise, One of the Most Important in History. Repeal Came on August 4, Signed by Washington, Just Months After This Letter, With the Assumption Act. Reading in full:

"I have the honor to send you herein inclosed [sic] two copies duly authenticated, of the Act further to suspend part of an Act, entitled an Act to regulate the collection of the duties imposed by Law on the tonnage of ships, or vessels, and on Goods, Wares and Merchandizes imported into the United States, and to amend the said Act, and of being with sentiment of the most perfect respect, your Excellency's most obedient & most humble servant…" With docketing on verso in Huntington's hand, reading "Secretary of State/April 19th 1790/receivd April 28th -90/answerd April 30th -90/No. 1." 

Having become Secretary of State just one month prior, Jefferson set out to suspend a controversial section of the July 1789 Revenue Act, entitled the "Collection Law". The law required that all vessels bound for the Potomac River must deposit a cargo manifest. The Act was roundly opposed by Virginian merchants, who petitioned against it to Alexander Hamilton. A repeal of the Act was duly signed into law by Washington on August 4, 1790, and later copies were signed by Jefferson as Secretary of State for distribution to each state.

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