Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Mifflin, [9 November 1791]

From Thomas Mifflin1

[Philadelphia, November 9, 1791]


It gave me great pleasure to receive the report of the Comptroller General of this State, upon the Business of the Lake Erie purchase; from which it appears, that the Comptroller General of the United States has concurred with him, in fixing the Consideration money of that purchase at 151, 640²⁵⁄₁₀₀ Dollars, and in the mode of payment. I have, therefore, referred the papers to the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, with instructions to confer with you, on the proper conveyances to be made;2 and, as soon as they are compleated, you will receive a warrant, in favor of the Treasurer of the United States, for the above sum. Let me request, that you will be so good as to expedite this last Act of negociation; and believe me to be, with great Respect,

Sir,   Your most Obedient Servant

Thomas Mifflin.

To Alexander Hamilton, Esquire, Secretary of the Treasury,
of the United States.

LC, Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg.

1For background to this letter, see Mifflin to H, September 26, 1791, and H to Mifflin, September 28, 1791.

2An entry in the executive minutes of Pennsylvania for November 9, 1791, reads as follows: “A Warrant was signed by the Governor authorizing and directing the Treasurer of this State to pay to the Treasurer of the United States, or to his order for the use of the United States the sum of one hundred and fifty one thousand six hundred and forty dollars and twenty five cents either in Loan Office Certificates of the United States, their specie value reduced by the Scale of depreciation—in Certificates of final settlement issued by the Commissioners of the States or departments—or in Certificates commonly called registered debt with the interest which may be due thereon untill the tenth day of June 1791 the same being a payment in full of the consideration money for the purchase of a certain Tract of Land on Lake Erie by this State from the United States agreeably to the Terms of the Contract and the Law authorising the Governor to Conclude the same” (Pennsylvania Archives, 9th ser. description begins Pennsylvania Archives, 9th ser. (n.p., 1931–1935). description ends , I, 276).

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