From Alexander Hamilton
Treasury Depart: Nov: 30. 1793.
Inclosed I have the honor to transmit a letter which I have received from General Stewart on the subject of his proposed appointment.1
I should conceive it consistent with a reasonable construction of the general intent of the Law to allow the indulgence which his situation requires. With perfect respect I have the honor to be &c.
1. Walter Stewart’s letter to Hamilton of 27 Nov. has not been identified, but according to the entry in GW’s journal for 2 Dec., it stated “that in his present situation he doubted whether the law constituting the office of Surveyor wou’d allow him, being concerned in commerce vessels &c. to hold that office. Says, however, if he can be allowed to act in that office now, he can he thinks acquit himself of all mercantile concerns in about 7 months. Promises to make no new engagements in trade, & to wind up the old ones as soon as possible” (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 262).