Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elnathan Haskell, 23 June 1792

From Elnathan Haskell

New York June 23rd. 1792


When I was in France I made sale of 30,000. Dollars American Funds bearing interest from the 1st. day of January 1790. to Mr. Robert Pigott. From some arrangements made afterwards in the Treasury department, I have never been enabled to transmit the exact sum. At the time of Contract I deposited with Messrs. Boyd Kerr & Co. Bankers at Paris, for its fulfilment on my part, a certificate for 50,000 Dollars signed by Joseph Nourse Register, in favor of Richard Platt which he by a notarial act annex’d to it, had transferred to me. I have written to Mr. Pigott acquainting him of the difficulty at the Treasury and that I will pay what 30,000 Dollars will yeild agreeably to the Funding Cystem—But that it will be requisite for him to name his Agent in Philadelphia, to whom I am to pay it, and at the same time transmit you the deposit, before mentioned, to hold until his demand be satisfied.

I know of no person who so fully posses the confidence of Mr. Pigott as yourself and to whom he would be so likely to transmit the deposit; and on this ground I have taken a liberty which I hope you will excuse as it involves much of my property, and it being the most probable way to complete a business I exceedingly wish to have settled.

Whenever the Certificate shall come into your hands I beg you will acquaint me of it, and that you will not part with it to any person whatever without my express order. I am Sir with much respect & esteem Your most obd Sert

E. Haskell

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Honorable Mr. Jefferson Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 June 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

For a discussion of the ramifications of the sale of $30,000 in American funds to Robert Pigott of Paris by Elnathan Haskell, a resident of Boston and veteran of the Massachusetts Line who transacted the sale in his capacity as agent of Richard Platt, a New York merchant then serving as treasurer of the Ohio Company, see Syrett, Hamilton, description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends xvi, 546–7n.

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