Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 13 December 1794

From Tench Coxe1

Treasury Department
Revenue-office, Decemr 13th. 1794


I have this day received your letter concerning the additional compensations to the officers of the Revenue.2 The increase of the Emoluments by the extension of the rate of commissions and by the allowance of fees for documents are the prevailing ones in the letters of the Supervisors. You will remember that I requested the arrangement of this business prior to the Presidents departure for mount Vernon in the last summer,3 and you thought the state of the business before him would inevitably exclude it, ’till his return. Since that the attention of the President and of yourself to the urgent Business of the Insurrection with the absences4 incidental thereto have left no opportunity for this object. Before the receipt of your letter this day I had given you all the information I possess with my opinions, and I requested your determination of the principles upon which an arrangement should be made.

I have the honor to be,   Your most Obedt Servant

Tench Cox
Commissr. of the Revenue

The Secretary
of the Treasury

LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1794–1795, National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see Coxe to H, July 15, 1794, notes 4 and 5.

3George Washington went to Mount Vernon on June 24 and returned to Philadelphia on July 7, 1794.

4Washington and H had left Philadelphia for western Pennsylvania on September 30, 1794.

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