Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Hopkins, 10 October 1793

To John Hopkins

Monticello Oct. 10. 1793.


In consequence of a power of Attorney from Mr. Short to act for him in all his affairs here, Colo. Hamilton was so kind as to furnish me with copies of your letters to him of Apr. 29. and July 18. containing a statement of Mr. Short’s property in the public funds transferred by Mr. Brown. Being much unacquainted with this kind of business I am obliged to ask your information What sums of interest are due on this property? Where and by whom it is to be paid? Whether it can be paid at Philadelphia? And whether any particular form of order is requisite? If you will be so good as to favor me with an answer by the return of the post, which leaves Richmond on the Monday morning for this place, it will find me still here, and particularly oblige Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Hopkins. Commissioner of loans.” Tr (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); 19th-century copy. Recorded in SJL as a letter of 9 Oct. 1793.

John Hopkins (ca. 1757–1827), a Richmond merchant and director of the Bank of Richmond, was appointed federal commissioner of loans for Virginia in 1790 (Walter L. Hopkins, Hopkins of Virginia and Related Families [Richmond, 1931], 211–14; William Armistead to TJ, 20 May 1780; Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 22 vols. description ends , iii, 325–6n; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 57).

For Hopkins’s letters to Alexander Hamilton, the latter actually dated 16 July, see note to Hamilton to TJ, 26 July 1793.

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