From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia March 14. 1794.
The director of the mint informs me, in the inclosed letter of the 12th instant, that the treasurer is in advance to a considerable amount: that sixteen hundred dollars will be sufficient, up to the first of April next, and three thousand more, up to the first of July. I called upon Mr Rittenhouse, and represented to him, that it would be better to go no farther at present, than the 1600 dollars; and to furnish the supply for the succeeding quarter at the beginning and middle of it. He acceded to the idea. I believe, sir, that you have the form of a warrant on such an occasion.1
Supposing, that no objection remains to the granting of Mr Cox’s commission, I shall direct it to be prepared for your approbation.2 I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect yr. mo. ob. serv.
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters.
2. For GW’s nomination of Albion Cox as the assayer of the Mint, see his letter to the U.S. Senate, 3 April. GW signed Cox’s commission, which has not been identified, on 5 April (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 297).