Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Willing, 5 April 1795

To Thomas Willing

Albany April 5. 1795

Dear Sir

Mr. Henry Kuhl Principal Clerk in the Comptrollers office has informed me that he is a candidate for the place of Assistant Cashier to the Bank of the UStates1 and has requested a testimonial of my opinion of his qualifications.

I without scruple give it and in the strongest manner: I cannot imagine a man better qualified for such a place than he is. A thorough knowlege of accounts—a very clear business head—remarkable steadiness attention diligence and accuracy mark him out as a man peculiarly fitted for such an employment. And my opinion of his integrity and trust-worthiness is equal to that of his capacity. Indeed I do not scruple to say that I am persuaded he will be found a valuable acquisition to the institution. It is not often that such a man will present himself.

With great respect & regard   I have the honor to be Sir   Yr. very obed servt

A Hamilton

Thomas Willing Esqr.
President of the Bank of The UStates

Copy, Mr. John R. Dillard, Philadelphia.

1According to the Philadelphia directory for 1795, Kuhl was appointed to this position (Edmund Hogan, The Prospect of Philadelphia, and Check on the Next Directory [Philadelphia, 1795], 146). For Kuhl’s earlier unsuccessful application for the post of commissioner of loans for Pennsylvania, see Kuhl to H, December 4, 1793.

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