Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Edward Carrington, 25 June 1795

From Edward Carrington1

Richmond June 25th. 1795.

Dr Sir

The absence of the Clerk of our House of Delegates2 where I believe are lodged the authenticated reports of the debt redeemed from year to year has prevented my complying with your request,3 in the manner, and so early, as I wished. He is at the Springs for his Health, & no person is authorised to shew his records. He has not yet returned, & having lately learned that his health continues bad, I have proceeded to satisfy myself as to your object, by other means as well as I could.

From the best principles on which I can act, I find that of certificates redeemed by Taxes, sales of Land &c from the end of the war with Great Britain to the end of the year 1789, there was

2,613,692 dols.
and by means of the Sinking Fund there was   478,260

To avoid further delay I forward the above, and suppose it is not wrong but should it be consistent with your purpose to defer using it for a few weeks, it may possibly be in my power to give you a more satisfactory & authentic statement after the return of the Clerk of the House of delegates. At all events I will, on the 15th. July, write you.

It will always give me pleasure to receive your commands, being with unalterable Freindship & confidence

my dr sir

AL, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Carrington, a veteran of the American Revolution, was a member of the Continental Congress from Virginia in 1785 and 1786. From 1789 to 1791 he was the United States marshal in Virginia, and in 1791 he became supervisor of the revenue for the District of Virginia.

2Charles Hay.

3H’s request has not been found, but he undoubtedly had written for information to be used in his “Defence of the Funding System,” July, 1795.

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