Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Gale, 20 December 1794

To George Gale

Treasury Department December 20th. 1794


I have directed the Treasurer of the United States to remit to you draughts on John Muir, Collector of Vienna Maryland to the amount of four thousand dollars. As this gentleman however has not been altogether regular in his transactions, I am not willing that the Credit of the United States should be hazarded by a negociation of the bills. I have therefore to request that you will employ some carefull person to go to Vienna with them and receive the Money.1 If you should obtain payment, you will apply three thousand dollars thereof towards repaying the Loan which I informed you in my letter of the 8th Instant2 I had directed the office of Discount & Deposit to make to you—the remainder may be appropriated to the use of the Militia Army. If however the bills should not be paid you will then keep them in your hands untill you hear further from me on the subject. Inclosed is a letter for the Collector.3

I am with great consideration   Sir   Your most Obedient Servant

A Hamilton

George Gale Esquire
Supervisor for the
District of Maryland

LS, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles; copy, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 8440, National Archives.

1In January, 1795, Gale paid $60.13 to William Frazier “for going express from Baltimore to Vienna with drafts of the Treasurer on John Muir Collector of the last mentioned port, pursuant to directions from the Secretary of the Treasury dated Decemr. 20th 1794” (D, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 8440, National Archives).

2Letter not found.

3Letter to Muir not found.

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