Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, 18 December 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department Decemr. 18th. 1793


I am to acknowledge the receipt of an extract of a letter from you to Mr. Hammond of the 5th. of September 1793.

As a preliminary however to the Instructions to be given to the Collectors, it will be necessary that you inform me, whether Mr. Hammond has assented to the proposed arrangement as well as the number and names of the prizes that come within the description. I have the Honor to be with great respect Sir Your Most Obedient Servant

A Hamilton
Secy of the Treasy

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Hamilton; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esquire Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

In his 19 Dec. 1793 circular to the customs collectors, Hamilton set forth the procedures for ascertaining the “losses by detention, waste or Spoliation” which had been suffered by British ships captured between 5 June and 7 Aug. 1793 by French privateers armed and equipped in American ports and then restored (Syrett, Hamilton, description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends xv, 550–1). TJ had described these procedures in his 5 Sep. 1793 letter to George Hammond, and the British minister had assented to them in his reply of the following day.

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