President Addresses South Carolina Tax Commissioners

September 16, 1863

President Lincoln writes his appointees as tax commissioners in South Carolina: “Whereas, you were duly appointed a Board of Tax Commissioners, for the District of South Carolina, wherein by reason of insurrection and rebellion, the civil authority of the Government of the United States, has been and continues to be obstructed, so that the provisions of the act entitled  An act to provide increased revenue from imports, to pay interest on the public debt, and for `other purposes,’ approved August. 5. 1861, could not be peaceably executed; and

Whereas, heretofore, to wit, in the months of February and March of the present year, you as Commissioners aforesaid caused certain lots and parcels of land situated in the Parish of St. Helena in said State, to be sold for the direct taxes, unpaid and charged on the same: and

   Whereas, at said sale you struck off to the United States, divers of said lots and parcels of land at certain sums, equal in each case, to at least the tax penalty and costs, and ten per cent interest on said tax charged on each lot or parcel of land respectively; pursuant to public notice therefore given; and

   Whereas, the owners of said lots and parcels of land so struck.

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