George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 7 May 1791

To Alexander Hamilton

Charleston [S.C.] May 7th 1791.


I have received your Letters of the 11th & 14th of last month—Concluding from ⟨Mr⟩ Shorts statement of his negotiation in Amsterdam, and from the opinions offered in your letter of the 11th, that the loan has been obtained on the best terms practicable, and that its application in the manner you propose will be the most advantageous to the United States, I do hereby signify my approbation of what has been already done, as communicated in your letters of the 11th1 and 14th of April. Assenting to the further progress of the loans as recommended by you in these letters, I request that instructions may be given for completing them agreeably thereto. I am sir, Your most Obedt servt

Geo: Washington

LB, DLC:GW; LB, DNA: RG 233, Third Congress, 1793–1795, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Committee Reports, and Papers. The abbreviation in angle brackets is taken from the letter-book copy in DNA.

1GW probably was referring to Alexander Hamilton’s letter of 10 April concerning the new loans that William Short had been authorized to open in Holland. No letter of 11 April from Hamilton has been found.

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