David Rittenhouse to Edmund Randolph
[Philadelphia] May 22d 1794
An opportunity now offers of purchasing for the Mint about one Ton of wrought Copper, at the moderate price of 16 pence, Pennsylvania money. It is said to be of good quality and sufficient thickness, so that it need not be melted, but only cut & rolled down to the Cent size. Though we have still a considerable quantity of Copper at the Mint, yet as the above price is much lower than it can be had from Europe, if the President shall approve we think it best to make the purchase, and in that case you will please to apply for the Presidents warrant for the Money. 2000 Gross weight @ 16 pence will be nearly 400 Dollars.1 I am, Sir, most respectfully, your Humble Servt
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.
1. On 23 May, GW wrote Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton: "Pay to the Director of the Mint of the U: States, four hundred dollars; to be applied to the purposes of that Establishment" (LB, DLC:GW).