George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 7 April 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

[Philadelphia] Monday April 7. 1794.

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President and has the honor to transmit a resolution of the Comittee of Inquiry into the state of the Treasury Department, of the 5. instant which came to his hand this morning, together with the paper to which it relates.1 The Committee meet again tomorrow Evening.


1The enclosed resolve of 5 April, signed by Abraham Baldwin, chair of the select committee appointed to examine the Treasury Department, reads: “Resolved, that it would be satisfactory to the Committee, that the paper submitted to them, April 1st 1794, by the Secy of the Treasury, respecting the point of authority, under which, monies borrowed abroad, have been drawn to the United States, should be presented to the President of the United States; and that the Secretary should obtain from him, such declaration concerning the same, as the President may think proper to make” (DLC:GW). For the enclosed paper, which already had been submitted to the committee, see “Report on Principles and Course of Proceeding with Regard to the Disposition of the Moneys Borrowed Abroad by Virtue of the Acts of the Fourth and Twelfth of August, 1790, as to the Point of Authority,” of 1 April 1794, in n.1 of Hamilton to GW, 1 April. For the political background on the creation of this committee, see the source note for Hamilton to Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, 16 Dec. 1793, Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 15:460–65. For GW’s response to this resolution, see his letters to Hamilton of 8 April (letters 1 & 2).

Index Entries