Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Adams, [2 April 1794]

To John Adams

[Philadelphia, April 2, 1794]

⟨The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to⟩ the Vice-President—sends him a memoir1 which is the work of a Mr. La Rocque2 a French Gentleman who is said to be charged with exploring the ground for extensive speculations in our vacant lands &c and which the Author is desirous of having placed under the eye of the Senate. How this can be done the Vice President can best judge or whether at all.3

April 2d. 1794

AL, RG 46, Reports from the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives.

1“Mémoire Sur la Situation politique des Etats unis, relativement à leur Dette Publique et leur Agriculture” (D, RG 46, Reports from the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives).

2A. J. de La Rocque (Roque) came to the United States in 1793 (Jean Antoine Joseph Fauchet to the Commissioner of Foreign Relations, November 19, 1794 [Turner, “Correspondence of French Ministers,” description begins Frederick J. Turner, ed., “Correspondence of the French Ministers to the United States, 1791–1797,” Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1903 (Washington, 1904), II. description ends 478–80]). For an account of de La Rocque’s connection with the periodical Level of Europe and America, see Frances Sergeant Childs, French Refugee Life in the United States, 1790–1800 (Baltimore, 1940), 134–35, 181.

3On April 2 Adams “laid before the Senate a Letter from the Secretary for the Department of the Treasury, enclosing ‘a Memoir of Mr. La Roque, on the Politics of the United States, respecting their Public Debt and Agriculture’” (Annals of Congress description begins The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends , IV, 80).

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