George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 30 January 1795

To Alexander Hamilton

Philada Jany 30th 1795.


The eventual power which you applied for, is herewith sent.1 Let the day of your resignation be made perfectly convenient to yourself. There is no necessity that your successor should be named on Monday next.2


1GW evidently was referring to the power to postpone a payment on the Dutch debt applied for in Hamilton’s letter to him of 25 Jan. and approved in his second letter to Hamilton of this date.

2Earlier this day, Hamilton wrote GW that he would “be obliged to keep back ’till Monday his Letter of resignation in order before he sends it to complete the signature of a number of Letters & papers which are in preparation. But it will reach the President in time to admit of a nomination on that day of a successor, if the President thinks fit” (LB, DLC:GW).

The following Monday was 2 February. On that day GW nominated Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to become secretary of the treasury.

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