George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 24 January 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Departmt January 24th 1793.


As the Law appropriating Ten thousand Dollars for the purpose of defraying the contingent charges of Government (tho’ in that respect not very precise in it’s terms) seems to contemplate the rendering an account from time to time of the disbursement of that sum;1 I have the honor to enclose three copies of a statement to the end of the year 1792, in order that if it be judged expedient, one may be sent to each House of Congress.2 With the highest respect and the truest attachment, I have the honor to be Sir, Your mo: Obedt Servt

A. Hamilton
Secy of the Treasy


1Section 3 of “An Act making appropriations for the support of government for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety,” approved on 26 Mar. 1790, stipulates “That the President of the United States be authorized to draw from the treasury a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars, for the purpose of defraying the contingent charges of government, to be paid out of the monies arising as aforesaid from the duties on imports and tonnage; and that he cause a regular statement and account of such expenditures to be laid before Congress at the end of the year” (1 Stat., description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 105).

2The enclosed copies were of a statement “from the Treasury Books” that Treasury register Joseph Nourse sent Hamilton on 4 Jan. (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 13:468). For Nourse’s statement, which GW submitted to Congress, see GW to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 25 Jan. 1793, n.1.

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