Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Haywood, 2 February 1790

To John Haywood1

Treasury Department 2nd. feby 1790,


By an act of the last Session of Congress, provision is made for the payment of pensions to Invalids for the space of one year commencing the fourth of march last, under such regulations as the President should prescribe.2

The President presuming on your readiness to perform a service in which humanity is interested, has thought fit to name you for the trust of making payment to the Invalids of your State.

The Secretary at War estimates the amount of the sum, payable for one year at Eight hundred and eighty five Dollars, one half of which is four hundred & forty two Dollars: but he states, that there has been paid on account of this since the fourth of march, One hundred and eighty four Dollars, which leaves two hundred and fifty eight to be paid.

As only a moiety of the year’s pensions is to be paid on the fifth of march next, I have purchased a bill for three hundred Dollars, which I have remitted to Mr. John Daves3 at Newbern, with direction to receive the money & forward it to you.

The remaining moiety will be paid on the fifth of June next, for which provision will in time be made.

The allowance for this Service will be two per Cent, on the amount of the monies paid.

The Secretary for the Department of War, will write to you concerning the evidences & precautions upon and under which the payment will be to be made.

I am, Sir,   Your obedt. Servt

A Hamilton
Secy of the Treasy

John Haywood Esq.
Hillsborough No. Carolina

LS, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library.

1This letter is similar to H to Jedediah Huntington, January 30, 1790. Haywood was state treasurer of North Carolina.

2“An Act providing for the payment of the Invalid Pensioners of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 95 [September 29, 1789]).

3On February 9, 1790, the Senate confirmed Daves’s appointment as collector of customs at New Bern, North Carolina.

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