George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 22 April 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

[Philadelphia 22 April 1794]

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President ⟨&⟩ has the honor to transmit sundry drafts of Passports in cases which have been handed to him for that purpose by the Secretary of State. In some instances though the names of the vessels appear in the documents, those of the masters do not. If the President thinks fit to sign them as they are care will be taken that they are properly filled.1

  Recovery Baltimore
Schooner Providentia  Do
Ship Govr. Hamilton Charleston, Richd West, Master
Brigte Sally Philadelphia
Brigt. Betsey Ditto    Thos Adams, Master
Brigt. Franklin Ditto2


1According to his executive journal, GW signed passports on this date for all six vessels listed below, allowing them to proceed to Saint Domingue, “in ballast with liberty to take in such Inhabitants of sd. Island as may choose to go as passengers, with their baggage & seastores” (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 301).

2According to an advertisement in the 3 May issue of The American Star, or, Historical, Political, Critical and Moral Journal (Philadelphia), the brig Sally, Capt. Stephen Parsons, was scheduled to sail for Saint Domingue, with passengers, on Thursday, 8 May, and the brig Franklin on Wednesday, 7 May.

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