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    [Early American Imprints]. [Alexander Hamilton]. Collection of Twenty-Eight Early United States Government Publications. [Philadelphia: 1791-1800]. Various government documents, including several acts and bills (some being working copies or printed drafts), includes the First Federal Budget, written by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. Broadsides or side-stitched pamphlets, four in original wrappers. Very good or better, the majority of the items being quite nice. A robust collection of early U. S. imprints, several individual items being quite scarce with few institutional holdings. For a complete listing of documents, please visit HA.com/6174.

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    1. [Alexander Hamilton]. United States Department of the Treasury. First Federal Budget, 1791. Treasury Department, January 6, 1791. Sir, I Have the Honor to transmit to you a Report to the House of Representatives relative to the Appropriations of Money, for certain Purposes therein mentioned. [Philadelphia: Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1791]. 13 x 8.25 inches. Twelve pages. In paper wrappers. Wrappers torn, large portion of front cover, and wrinkled. Small damp stain on upper right hand corner of pages 1 and 2; internally sound with pencil doodles on page 1 and minor foxing throughout.

    Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton's first federal budget, since the Treasury Department ran public business without submitting a formal budget to Congress in 1789 and 1790. As this report shows, the total expenditure for the government's operation was $740,232.14. Scarce. Only one copy has appeared at auction in the last thirty years, with the most recent selling at Sotheby's in 2011 for $10,000 (including BP). Seven libraries, three in Worldcat and four in Evans, are listed as owning copies.

    2. [Alexander Hamilton]. United States Department of the Treasury. Sundry Statements Respecting the Several Foreign Loans, made under the Authority of the United States : Shewing in Conformity to the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Seventh of December, as far as the Materials in the Possession of the Treasury will now Permit, the Several Particulars Specified in that Resolution. [Philadelphia]: Printed by Childs and Swaine, [1793]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Eight pages. In wrappers. Wrappers worn. Traces of water stains on the edges of pages, otherwise good condition. Scarce. No auction records found. Seven institutional copies located.

    3. [Samuel Meredith]. The Treasurer of the United States' Accounts of Payments and Receipts of Public Monies...also the War Department Accounts, from the First Day of January to the Thirty-First Day of March 1794. [Philadelphia]: Printed by Francis Childs and John Swaine, [1794]. 13.25 x 8 inches. Fifty-one pages. Sewn binding. Fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Two institutional copies listed in Worldcat. Samuel Meredith (1741-1817) was the second treasurer of the United States (1789-1801).

    4. United States War Department. Letters and Reports of the Secretary of War, to the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Naval Equipment of the United States. [Philadelphia: Printed by Francis Childs?, 1796]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Twelve pages, including one fold-out leaf. Sewn binding. Near fine. Scarce. Has not appeared at auction since late 1970s. Four institutional copies located. Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) served as Secretary of War in 1795. He was succeeded by James McHenry (1753-1816), who served in that post from January 27, 1796 until May 13, 1800.

    5. [Oliver Wolcott, Jr.]. United States Department of the Treasury. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying a Plan for Laying and Collecting Direct Taxes, by Apportionment among the Several States, Agreeable to the Rule Prescribed by the Constitution, in Pursuance of a Resolution of the House, of the Fourth of April, 1796. 14th November, 1796 Ordered to Lie of the Table. [Philadelphia: Printed by William Ross, 1796?]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Sixty-nine pages [incorrectly numbered 68], plus Appendix containing three pages and eleven leaves of plates, including nine folded. In paper wrappers. Wrappers torn and wrinkled and mostly gone on the spine, internally sound. Scarce. A defective copy sold at Christies in 2005 for $1,320 (including BP). Five U.S. libraries are listed in Worldcat as owning copies. Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1760-1833), succeeded Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury, and served in that office from February 1795 to December 31, 1800.

    6. [United States Congress-House]. A Bill Supplementary to the Act Passed June the Fifth, One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Four, Entituled [sic] "An Act in Addition to the Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States." [Philadelphia, 1797]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Four pages. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy listed in Worldcat. Appears to be a working copy or printed draft.

    7. [United States Congress-House]. A Bill to Prescribe the Mode of Taking Evidence in Cases of Contested Elections for Members of the House of Representatives of the United States, and to Compel the Attendance of Witnesses. [Philadelphia, 1797]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Four pages (three numbered). Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located. Appears to be working copy or printed draft.

    8. [Oliver Wolcott, Jr.]. United States Department of the Treasury. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying a Report of the Late Commissioner of the Revenue, and Sundry Statements, in Relation to the Internal Revenues of the United States, pursuant to a Resolution of this House, on the Sixth of January, 1797. 23rd February, 1798, Ordered to Lie on the Table. [Philadelphia]: Printed by J. H. Oswald, [1798]. 13.5 x 8 inches. Thirty-two pages, (twelve numbered). Sewn binding in paper wrappers. Wrappers lightly foxed. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Six institutional copies listed in Worldcat.

    9. [United States Congress-House]. A Bill for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen. [Philadelphia, 1798]. Dated 28 February. 1798. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Four pages (three numbered). Top edges of pages slightly chipped. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. Two institutional copies located. Appears to be working copy or printed draft.

    10. [United States Congress-House]. A Bill for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen. [Philadelphia, 1798]. Dated 6 April, 1798. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Four pages (three numbered). Several minor age spots. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. No institutional copies located. Appears to be working copy or printed draft. With a duplicate copy, also apparent working copy; near fine.

    11. [United States Congress-Senate]. An Act to Authorize Certain Officers and Other Persons to Administer Oaths. [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 13.75 x 8.25 inches. One leaf (broadside). Edges chipped on bottom right hand side. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located.

    12. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Motion was Made as Follows: Resolved, that Instead of the Three Existing Circuits, the Several Districts of the United States be Divided and Arranged into Four Circuits... [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 13.75 x 8.5 inches. One leaf (broadside). Edges slightly chipped. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located. With a duplicate copy, toned with chipped edges; very good.

    13. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Bill to Provide an Additional Armament for the Further Protection of the Trade of the United States; and for Other Purposes. [Philadelphia]: Printed by Way & Groff, [1798]. 13 x 8 inches. Four pages (three numbered). Folds, ink marks and writing. Still, near fine condition. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located. Appears to be a working copy or printed draft of the bill.

    14. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Bill to Alter and Extend the Provisions of the Act Entitled "An Act to Establish the Judicial Courts of the United States." [Philadelphia, 1798]. 13 x 7.5 inches. Two pages (one leaf, two sides). Discoloration on left bottom edge. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. No institutional copies listed in Worldcat. Appears to be a working copy or printed draft.

    15. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Bill to Amend the Act, Intituled [sic] "An Act to Amend and Repeal in Part, the Act Intituled [sic] 'An Act to Ascertain and Fix the Military Establishment of the United States.'" [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 13 x 8 inches. One leaf (broadside). Slight wrinkles on left side of page. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. Two institutional copies listed in Worldcat.

    16. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Bill to Enable the President of the United States to Purchase or Lease One or More Foundries. [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 8.5 x 13.5 inches. One sheet (broadside). Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located.

    17. [United States Congress-House; United States. Department of the Treasury]. A Bill for Providing Compensation for the Marshals, Clerks, Attornies, Jurors and Witnesses in the Courts of the United States, and to Repeal Certain Parts of the Acts therein Mentioned ; and for Other Purposes. [Philadelphia, 1798]. 13.5 x 8 inches. Ten pages (nine numbered). Sewn binding. Fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Two institutional copies located. Appears to be a working copy or printed draft.

    18. [United States Congress-Senate]. The Committee, to Whom was Referred the Petition of Joseph Nourse, Register of the Treasury-Report, that the Petitioner Asks an Increase of Compensation, and an allowance for Expenses He has been Obliged to Incur, in the Years 1793 and 1797, by Removing out of Philadelphia when Visited with the Epidemic Fever... [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Two pages (one leaf). Four small pinholes on left hand side of document. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located.

    19. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Motion was made as Follows. Resolved, that it is Expedient to Lay an Embargo, for a Limited Time, on all Ships and Vessels Owned Wholly or in Part by Citizens of the United States... [Philadelphia, 1798]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. One leaf (broadside). Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. No institutional copies located.

    20. [United States Congress-Senate]. The Committee Appointed, on the Part of the Senate, to Confer with the Committee Appointed on the Part of the House of Representatives, on the Subjects of Difference Relative to the Amendments of the Senate, to the Bill, Sent from the House, "for the Relief of the Refugees, from the British Provinces of Canada and Nova Scotia..." [Philadelphia]: Printed by Way & Groff, [1798]. 13.5 x 8 inches. One leaf (broadside). Slight small tears on edges, with a small water stain at top right hand corner. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. No institutional copies located.

    21. [Oliver Wolcott, Jr.]. United States Department of the Treasury. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanying Two Statements, marked A & B, Exhibiting the Tonnage of Shipping belonging to the Several Districts of the United States, at the Close of the Year 1796 : also, a Comparative View of the Tonnage of all Vessels which Paid Duties in the Ports of the United States, in Each Year, from 1790 to 1796, inclusively; Distinguishing, Generally, the Employments of the Vessels of the United States, and the Tonnage of Vessels belonging to Different Nations. : In pursuance of a Resolution of this House, of the 4th instant. : 6th April, 1798.--Ordered to Lie on the Table. Philadelphia: Printed by Way & Groff, [1798]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Eight pages. Sewn binding. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Four institutional copies located.

    22. [United States Congress-Senate]. The Committee to whom was Referred the Act, entitled "An Act to Alter the Time of Making Entry of Stills; and for Other Purposes," Have Had the Same Under Consideration and Beg Leave to Report Sundry Amendments thereto: as follows. [Philadelphia]: Printed by John Fenno, [1798]. 13.75 x 8.5 inches. Two pages (one leaf). Edges slightly chipped. Near fine condition. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy listed in Wordcat.

    23. [United States Congress-Senate]. An Act, to Authorize the President of the United States to Cause to be Purchased, or Built, a Number of Small Vessels, to be Equipped as Gallies, or Otherwise. [Philadelphia, 1798]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. One sheet (broadside). Edges chipped. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located.

    24. [United States Congress-House]. An Act making an Appropriation for Completing the Buildings Requisite for the Accommodation of the Government of the United States at the City of Washington. [Philadelphia, 1798]. One leaf (broadside). Edges slightly chipped, with water stain at upper right hand corner. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. One institutional copy located.

    25. [United States Congress-House]. Report of the Committee of the Ways and Means, Instructed on the Sixth Ultimo, to Enquire whether any and what Additional Revenues, will be Wanted for the Public Service. [Philadelphia, 1798]. 13.5 x 8 inches. Twelve pages (six numbered). Sewn binding. Binding thread loose. Very good. Scarce. No auction records found. Two institutional copies located.

    26. [Oliver Wolcott, Jr.]. United States Department of the Treasury. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, inclosing a Statement of the Tonnage of the Shipping of the United States, at the Close of the Year 1797. 7th February, 1799, Ordered to Lie on the Table. [Philadelphia]: Printed by John H. Oswald, [1799]. 13 x 8.25 inches. Four unnumbered pages, one unnumbered folded leaf. Sewn binding. Fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Four institutional copies listed in Worldcat.

    27. [U.S. House of Representatives]. Report of the Committee of Ways and Means, Instructed on the Ninth Instant, to Enquire and Report, by Bill or Otherwise, whether any and what Amendments are Necessary in the "Act to Provide for the Valuation of Lands and Dwelling-Houses and the Enumeration of Slaves within the United States." 21st January, 1799, Committed to a Committee of the Whole House, on Wednesday next. [Philadelphia: Printed by William Ross?, 1799]. 8.625 x 8.25 inches. Eight pages. Sewn binding; uncut. Fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Five institutional copies listed in Worldcat.

    28. [United States Congress-Senate]. A Bill to Alter and Amend the Act, entitled, "An Act to Establish the Judicial Courts of the United States." [Philadelphia]: Printed by Way & Groff, [1800]. 13.5 x 8.25 inches. Eight pages (seven numbered). Sewn binding. A few ink marks and writing in ink. Near fine. Scarce. No auction records found. Only one institutional copy located. Appears to be a working copy or draft printed copy.





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