Alexander Hamilton Papers

Treasury Department Circular to the Commissioners of Loans, 13 October 1790

Treasury Department Circular to the
Commissioners of Loans

Treasury Department Octr. 13. 1790


I find from a letter from one of the Commissioner of Loans1 that it is conceived, certificates of the state debts cannot be subscribed to the new Loan, unless they express that they are issued for services or supplies toward the prosecution of the late war.

By this construction all certificates containing a simple acknowlegment of debt to a certain amount, and all certificates for monies loaned to the States would be excluded, which is not the intent and meaning of the law. If a certificate of any state shall be offered and it shall not appear by the tenor of it, or if it cannot be ascertained from any public record act or document, to have been issued for some purpose, other than compensations and expenditures for services or supplies towards the prosecution of the late war and the defence of the United States or some part thereof during the said war, it is consistent with the direction of the law2 to receive it in loan.

I am sir,   Your Obedt. servant

A Hamilton

LS, RG 316, Letters donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., August, 1955, National Archives; LS, Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, Inc., New York City.

1Letter not found.

2“An Act making provision for the (payment of the) Debt of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 138–44 [August 4, 1790]).

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