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To Alexander Hamilton from Edmund Randolph, 23 July 1794

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] July 23, 1794. Encloses “the Bond given according to law1 by John Murray & Joseph Lindley2 for the faithful discharge of the Consular Office held by Monsr. de la Motte3 of Havre.”

LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives.

1This is a reference to Section 6 of “An Act concerning Consuls and Vice-Consuls” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 254–57 [April 14, 1792]), which reads as follows: “And be it further enacted, That every consul and vice-consul shall, before they enter on the execution of their trusts, or if already in the execution of the same, within one year from the passing of this act, or if resident in Asia, within two years, give bond with such sureties as shall be approved by the Secretary of State, in a sum of not less than two thousand nor more than ten thousand dollars, conditioned for the true and faithful discharge of the duties of his office according to law, and also for truly accounting for all monies, goods and effects which may come into his possession by virtue of this act: and the said bond shall be lodged in the office of the Secretary of the Treasury.”

2John Murray and Joseph Lindley were New York City merchants.

3Claude Adam de La Motte was United States vice consul at Le Havre, France.

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