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To George Washington from the United States House of Representatives, 23 January 1793

From the United States House of Representatives

United States [Philadelphia] the 23d of Jan: 1793.

Sir,

In obedience to the order of the House of Representatives, I have the honor to enclose you their resolutions of this date.1 With the most perfect respect, I am Sir, Your mo: obedt & very humble Servant

Jonathan Trumbull
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

LB, DLC:GW.

1The enclosed resolutions, extracted from the House journal by clerk John Beckley, read: “Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to cause to be laid before this House, copies of the authorities under which loans have been negotiated, pursuant to the Acts of the fourth and twelfth of August 1790, together with copies of the authorities directing the application of the monies borrowed.

“Resolved, that the President of the United States be requested to cause this House to be furnished with the names of the persons by whom, and to whom the respective payments of the French debt have been made in France, pursuant to the Act for that purpose, specifying the dates of the respective draughts upon the Commissioners in Holland, and the dates of the respective payments of the debt: A similar Statement is requested, respecting the debts to Spain and Holland” (DLC:GW).

These two resolutions were part of five House resolutions, proposed by William Branch Giles, and two Senate resolutions approved by both houses on 23 Jan. and directed at Alexander Hamilton’s administration of the Treasury Department (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 2d sess., 835–36, 632–33). On these resolutions, see the introductory note to “Report on the Balance of All Unapplied Revenues at the End of the Year 1792 and on All Unapplied Monies Which May Have Been Obtained by the Several Loans Authorized by Law,” 4 Feb. 1793, in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 13:532–79.

On this date Tobias Lear transmitted to Hamilton “By the President’s direction . . . a Copy of the Resolution of the House of Representatives relative to the Loans made in Holland, with which the President requests the Secretary to comply as soon as he conveniently can,” and the next day he sent Hamilton “By the President’s command . . . a Resolution of the Senate respecting Loans made in Holland &c. with which the President requests the Secretary to comply” (both, DLC:GW). The enclosed Senate resolution reads: “Resolved, That the President of the United States be requested to lay before the Senate, copies of the powers given by him for the negotiation of the loans authorized by the laws of the 4th and 12th of August, 1790, and of the communications from the Public Commissioners in Holland” (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 2d sess., 633). A letterbook copy of this resolution, sent by the Senate to GW, 23 January, is at DLC:GW. The laws authorizing the loans were “An Act making provision for the [payment of the] Debt of the United States,” 4 Aug. 1790, and “An Act making Provision for the Reduction of the Public Debt,” 12 Aug. 1790 (1 Stat., description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends 138–44, 186–87).

Hamilton submitted the following reports in response to the House and Senate resolutions: “Report on the Balance of All Unapplied Revenues at the End of the Year 1792 and on All Unapplied Monies Which May Have Been Obtained by the Several Loans Authorized by Law,” 4 Feb. 1793; “Report Exhibiting the Amount of All the Public Funds up to the End of 1792 and Statement of What Remains of Each Appropriation,” 5 Feb. 1793; “Report on Foreign Loans,” 5 Feb. 1793; “Report on Foreign Loans,” 13 Feb. 1793; “Report Relative to the Loans Negotiated under the Acts of the Fourth and Twelfth of August, 1790,” 13–14 Feb. 1793; “Report on Revenue, Appropriations, and Expenditures,” 14 Feb. 1793; “Report on the State of the Treasury at the Commencement of Each Quarter during the Years 1791 and 1792 and on the State of the Market in Regard to the Prices of Stock during the Same Years,” 19 Feb. 1793 (see Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 13:532–79, 14:2–4, 5–6, 17–26, 26–67, 68–79, 93–133).

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