Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, 1 February 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department Febry 1st 1793


The following is an extract from a letter of Mr. Short to me, dated Hague November 2. 1792.

“I should repeat perhaps what I formerly mentioned to you, that Mr. Jefferson on his departure from Paris left with me bills of exchange to the amount of I think 66,000livre tournois. This was destined to a particular object with which You are acquainted. He expected it would be immediately applied and therefore wished me to be the instrument instead of deposing it in a Bankers hands to avoid the Commission. When the term of these bills arrived, finding less probability of their being immediately applied, and not chusing to keep by me such a sum at my risk in an house which was robbed regularly two or three times a year, I gave the bills to Mr. Grand to receive their amount, and to hold it appropriated to the object in question. It remains still in his hands, having never been called for. I wrote more than once respecting it on finding the depreciation commencing but never received an answer. It remains now to be considered whether You would chuse to receive it in its depreciated State—or wait for the change of circulating medium in France.”

This communication is made with a request to Know, whether the fund in question continues to be necessary for its original purpose or may be withdrawn. I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir Your obedient Servant

Alex. Hamilton

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, with signature and complimentary close by Hamilton; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Feb. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

The particular object of the funds in question is explained in TJ to Hamilton, 4 Feb. 1793.

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