Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Oliver Wolcott, Junior, [11 November 1795]

To Oliver Wolcott, Junior

[New York, November 11, 1795]

Dr. Sir

At length I am able to send you the explanation I mentioned to you.1 The papers upon which it is founded are returned that you may compare & if necessary correct. You may by altering the body or by a note rectify any inaccuracy.

You will observe marks in the margin which will require particular attention.2 A Let the distance if not so now be rightly stated.

B insert the most usual sum or sums. I think twas 10000 to Senate 20000 to House of Representatives.

C If you think it best you may leave out here & afterwards all that concerns the construction referring the commencement of the compensation to the 4th of March 1789. I think in this respect something will depend on question whether the Treasury has finally taken its ground. And even then a note at foot as after closing the letter may be considered instead of striking out. Do as you please on this point.

F examine the calculation that gives this ballance.

I will thank you to have a proof Sheet brought you. You observe the quarterly statement is to be subjoined? Will it not be best that the Register3 should sign it.


A Hamilton

O Wolcott Esq

ALS, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

2The marginal notes to which H is referring do not appear in the draft of H’s “Explanation” in the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. They were presumably written on the copy which H sent to Wolcott.

3Joseph Nourse.

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