1789.006: Congressional Act Laying Import Duties.

Published: 1789

Full Title: Congress of the United States, begun and held at the city of New-York, on Wednesday, the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine. An act for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States.

Author: United States. Congress.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Augustine Davis

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; 34 cm. x 21 cm. (broadside, printed recto and verso).


In June 1789, the Council designated Augustine Davis as the printer of federal documents for use of the various entities of state government; he continued in that role through early 1791. Text opens with a header, followed by the act itself printed in two columns, then closes with printed signatures of Speaker Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg, Vice President John Adams, and President George Washington (showing enactment of the law on July 4, 1789), and of Sam. A. Otis, Secretary of the Senate, and John Beckley, Clerk of the House of Representatives (attesting to correctness of the transcription).

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