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Tax on liquors.

--The following is a copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury to a firm in Mobile:

Treasury Department,

Richmond, June 23, 1863.
--In reply to your telegram of the 20th inst., I have to state that the gross sales of liquor sold on commission are no higher than those of other articles or products sold by commission merchants. This privilege is confined, however, to commission merchants selling the liquors of others, and not their own. The regular wholesale or retail dealer, under section 5 of the Tax act, is not privileged to sell liquors, wines, or fermented liquors, without making a separate registry for that purpose, and paying the specific tax as well as the five per centum or temper centum, as the case may be, upon the gross amount of the sales of such liquors.

Very respectfully, your ob't serv't,

C. G. Memminger,
Secretary of the Treasury.

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