Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Short, 13 September 1792

To William Short1

Treasury Department
Philadelphia Septr. 13 1792


Having been authorised by the President to take arrangements for paying off the debt due to foreign Officers,2 the interest of which is payable at the House of Mr. Grand, Banker at Paris; and having concluded to commit to Governeur Morris Esquire being on the spot the management of the detail as to the payment of interest (that of the principal being to be made here) I am to request that you will instruct our Commissioners in Holland to pay to the order of Mr. Morris the sum of One hundred and five thousand Guilders to be applied to that purpose; and will cause him to be immediately notified of its having been done. A copy of a letter of instructions to Mr Morris is enclosed for your information.

With great consideration   I have the honor to be   Sir   Your Obedt. servant

Alexander Hamilton

William Short Esqr
Minister Resident
at the Hague.

LS, William Short Papers, Library of Congress. A copy of this letter was enclosed in H’s “Report on Foreign Loans,” February 13, 1793; LS, marked “Triplicate,” Widener Library, Harvard University.

1For background to this letter, see H to Gouverneur Morris, September 13, 1792.

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