Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Jeremiah Olney, 6 January 1791

From Jeremiah Olney

Providence, January 6, 1791. “I beg leave to call your friendly attention to the enclosed statement of the emoluments of this office; by which it appears that the net amount thereof will be only about 200 Dolls per annum. The extreme inadequacy of this sum to the services performed, obliges me to entreat of you to lay the matter before the Legislature for their information; not doubting but they will think that some further provision ought to be made, not only for me, but for other Officers in similar situations.… I enclose my return of Cash for the week past the balance of which, being in specie, is 1.474. Dolls & 76 cents. I also enclose a draft of the Treasurer, in favor of Wm Seton Esquire, dated the 22d of December last no 847. for Four hundred Dollars, which I have paid, and charged to the United States.”

Copy, RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives; ADfS, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.

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