Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 24 January 1795

To George Washington

Treasury Departt. Jany. 24. 1795.


I have the honor to send you the extract of a Letter of the 27 of December 1793 from our Commissioners in Holland,1 stating their having exceeded their instruction in the last Loan of 300.000 of Florins, by an allowance of 5 per Cent for charges instead of which was prescribed as a limit.

Very much disposed to confide in the representation of those Gentlemen & believing there may be policy in not restraining their zeal by too much strictness in such a case, I submit it as my opinion, that it is expedient to go as far towards a compliance with their expectation as the Laws will warrant.

This I consider as 4½ per Cent, which tho’ short of their standard, will evince the equitable & liberal dispostion of the Executive, and a part of the emolument being their own, may prove not unsatisfactory.

With perfect respect &c.

Alex. Hamilton.

LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

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