OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. - PRINTED LETTER SIGNED IN INK 07/21/1792 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSEPH WHIPPLE - HFSID 167310
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OLIVER WOLCOTT, JR.
Oliver Wolcott, Jr. signed this printed circular letter on fines - addressed to Joseph Whipple, Collector of the Customs in New Hampshire - in 1792 as Comptroller of the U. S. Treasury.
Printed letter signed: "Oliv: Wolcott, Jr." in black ink as Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury. 1 page, 7½x9¾. Treasury Department, Comptroller's Office, July 21, 1792. Addressed to Joseph Whipple, Collector of the Customs (New Hampshire). In part: "The Secretary of the Treasury having in a circular letter, dated the eighth of June 1792, prescribed rules for regulating the receipt and distribution of fines, penalties and forfeitures which may be incurred under the laws of the United States, I now transmit a form calculated to apply to the different cases stated in said letter, which I request may be adopted in your office...." This was a "Circular" letter sent to all Collectors. WOLCOTT (1760-1833, born in Litchfield, Connecticut), son and namesake of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a former attorney and militiaman, was named to the Pay-Table in 1782, overseeing Connecticut's war expenditures. In May 1784, he was commissioned to adjust the claims of the state against the U.S. government, then named Comptroller of public accounts in 1788. He was auditor of the U.S. Treasury (1789-1791), then Comptroller of that Department (1791-1795). On February 2, 1795, he succeeded Alexander Hamilton as President Washington's Secretary of the Treasury, a position he held until November 8, 1800, when he resigned from the Adams administration. Wolcott later served as thefirst President of the Bank of North America (1812-1814) andGovernor of Connecticut (1817-1827). WHIPPLE (1737 or 1738-1816, born in Kittery, Maine) was the first Collector of Customs for New Hampshire from 1789 to 1798 and again from 1801 to 1816. His brother William Whipple was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Fragile. Letter has separated at top fold. Lightly creased. Nicked and torn edges. Pinhead-size hole at lower blank margin. Folded twice and unfolded. Light tear at right edge along bottom fold. Otherwise in fine condition.
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