Report on a Memorial from the
Legislature of Pennsylvania
[Philadelphia, December, 1782–January, 1783. “In a late report which had been drawn up by Mr. Hamilton & made to Congress, in answr. to a Memorial from the Legislatre. of Pa.… among other things shewing the impossibility Congress had been under of payg. their Credrs. it was observed that the aid afforded by the Ct. of France had been appropriated by that Court at the time to the immediate use of the army.1 … The report was finally recommitted.” Report not found.]
William T. Hutchinson and William M. E. Rachal, eds., The Papers of James Madison (Chicago and London, 1969), VI, 119–20.
1. Although this report “drawn up by Mr. Hamilton” has not been found, the editors of The Papers of James Madison provide in detail the context in which Madison made the statement printed above. They also discuss John C. Hamilton’s misinterpretation of that statement (JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851–1856). description ends , II, 230–35; Hamilton, History description begins John C. Hamilton, Life of Alexander Hamilton, a History of the Republic of the United States of America (Boston, 1879). description ends , II, 361–63, note). See William T. Hutchinson and William M. E. Rachal, eds., The Papers of James Madison (Chicago, 1969), VI, 125–26, notes 17 and 18.