George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 12 May 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

May 12. ’94.

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & sends the enclosed for his decision1—submitting his opinion that it is not adviseable to grant the permission requested. This case is not precisely within the rule already adopted as a general one.2


1Hamilton probably enclosed French minister Jean-Antoine-Joseph Fauchet’s letter to Edmund Randolph of 12 May, which, in part, supported the issuance of a passport for a pilot boat to carry an agent of James Vanuxem and Thomas Horton to Jamaica (FrPMAE, Cor. Polit., Etats Unis, 41).

2Hamilton evidently was referring to the restrictions suggested in his letter to GW of 1 May and accepted by GW in his letter to Hamilton of 2 May.

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