Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Mifflin, [29 July 1793]

From Thomas Mifflin1

[Philadelphia, July 29, 1793]


In order to enable me to communicate to the Legislature of this State, at their next session in August, a complete statement of the Public Finances, I find it necessary to request, that you will decide upon the question, whether the New loan Certificates of Pennsylvania, are within the assumption of the Act of Congress.2 If the Certificates are within the assumption, the State will be entitled to the evidence of the Debt, for the amount of those, which, after being assigned to her, were subscribed to the Loan; but if they are not within the assumption, they must, of course, be returned.

An explanation upon this subject is, likewise, necessary, to enable the Attorney General to institute a suit,3 which was directed at the late Session of the Legislature, to be brought, for recovering the amount of the New Loan Certificates, declared by the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania, to be assumable under the Act of Congress, and redeemable under the Act of Pennsylvania.4

I am, with great esteem,   Sir,   Your Most obedt hble servt.

Thomas Mifflin.

To Alexander Hamilton, Esqr.
Secretary of the Treasury.

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

1For background to this letter, see John Nicholson to H, July 26, 1792, note 1; H to Edmund Randolph, March 20, 1793; Randolph to H, March 30, 1793; Nicholson to H, April 5, June 1, 1793.

Mifflin was governor of Pennsylvania.

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]).

3The resolution directing Jared Ingersoll to institute a suit against Nicholson for the amount which the United States Treasury had paid for “new loan” certificates had been forwarded by Mifflin to Ingersoll on April 17, 1793 (Pennsylvania Archives, 9th ser., I description begins Pennsylvania Archives, 9th ser., I (n.p., 1931–1935). description ends , 557–58).

4“An Act to Provide for Paying and Redeeming Certain Public Debts, and for Defraying the Expenses of Government” (James T. Mitchell and Henry Flanders, eds., The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania from 1682 to 1801 [Harrisburg, 1909], XIV, 305–12 [April 10, 1792]).

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