Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Robert Morris, [31 August 1782]

To Robert Morris

[Albany, August 31, 1782]


I send you herewith all the acts of the Legislature of this state since the Government has been organized; on the margin of which I have numbered all the acts relative to the matters you mention in your letter of July 81 to the states agreeable to the within list.1 I inclose you the papers of the last week.2

The indolence of some and the repugnancy of others make every trifle lag so much in the execution that I am not able at this time to give you any further information. I wish to hear from you on the subjects of my former letters previous to the meeting of the Committee the 15th. of the ensuing month.3

I have the honor to be very truly    Sir    Your most Obed serv.


To The Honbe. Super. of Finance

ADfS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1In the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress, there are two documents either or both of which H may have enclosed in this letter to Morris. One is entitled “An Account of Taxes ordered to be raised, and of the Monies that have been paid into the Treasury of this State, in consequence thereof, since the Commencement of the present War.” It is dated May 10, 1781, and is certified as an extract from the treasury books by Gerard Bancker, treasurer of the state. The second document, which is without a title, is a list of New York tax laws from March 6, 1780, through July 22, 1782, and a statement of the amount of money raised under each. This document is dated August 1, 1782. Neither of the documents has in the margin the numbers to which H refers in his letter, but he may have added the numbers on the copy he sent Morris.

2Presumably New York newspapers which H sent regularly to Morris.

3The committee had been appointed by the New York legislature in July to report on means of raising funds within the state and of improving the collection of taxes. See H to Morris, July 22, 1782, note 8.

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