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On July 9, 1798, the United States Congress passed an act providing for the valuation of lands and dwelling houses and the enumeration of slaves within the country. On July 14, another act was passed to lay and collect a direct tax. The states were divided into divisions and the President appointed a commissioner for each, who then divided them into assessment districts. The assessors were to compile a list of houses, land, and slaves and then evaluate and assess them accordingly. This notification is from the tax collector of the eighth division of Massachusetts, which was Hampshire County. It tells people where the assessments can be viewed and when he will be in the town of Hawley to collect the taxes due.


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Tax Form F

publisher   State House
creator   Theodore Barnard (1748-1821)
date   Apr 7, 1800
location   Shelburne, Massachusetts
height   13.5"
width   8.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Legal Documents/Government/Society Records
accession #   #L04.125

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"Massachusetts Tax Valuation list of 1771"

Public Vendue notice to some residents of Charlemont published in the Hampshire Gazette

Tax Assessment notice to Town of Buckland

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