Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Nourse, 18 March 1793

From Joseph Nourse

Treasury Department
Registers Office 18 March


I have the Honor to transmitt for your Inspection sundry Statements No. 1 to 12 which have been made out at the Request of the Hon: W. Smith of So. Carolina.1 Permit me to intimate that Mr. Smith woud wish to be furnishd with them some time Tomorrow as he Expects to sail for Charlestown on Wednesday morning.2 I have not conceived it necessary to render these Statements under Signature, as Mr. Smiths view is confind to his own Information, But shoud this be requisite, I presume it might be safely done. With the greatest Respect, I am Sir,

your mo: ob. Sert.

Hon: Alexander Hamilton Esqr.
Secretary of the Treasury

Copy, RG 53, Register of the Treasury, Estimates and Statements for 1793, Vol. “135-T,” National Archives.

1Statements 1 through 11 may be found in RG 53, Register of the Treasury, Estimates and Statements for 1793, Vol. “135-T,” National Archives. Statement 12 has not been found. The following list of the statements requested by William Loughton Smith, member of the House of Representatives from South Carolina, is attached to Nourse’s letter:

Annual Int. on
“1. Amount of Debt proper. 6 p. Cents
 do. do. 3 p. Ct.
do. }
No. 1
 do. do. Deferred
2. Amount of Assumed 6.p. Cts.
 do. 3 p. Cts.
 do. Deferred.
3. Amount of Debt supposed unsubscribed 2
4. Amount of Debt purchased up vizt. 3
 6 p Cents
 3 p. Cents
5. Amount of sinking fund arising from Surplus of 1790. 4
 Of which, applied
6. Amount of sinking Fund arising from the Interest of purchased Stock 5
7. Annual Income from fines, Penalties and forfeitures 6
 Ditto of Public Lands sold
8. Amount French Debt in 1789.
Paid in part
  Amount of Dutch do.
Paid in part
  Amount of Spanish do.
pd. in part
  Amount to foreign Officers do.
Paid in part.”

2After his reelection to Congress in February, 1793, Smith returned to South Carolina to obtain support for Federalist policies among the newly elected Congressmen from the backcountry of South Carolina.

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