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I have received the letter you did me the honour to write me from Richmond, on the twelfth of Febuary—and esteem myself much honoured by the confidence you are pleased to place in me—The attachment I feel to your family concurs with the personal acquaintance I once had and with all I have since heard of your Character to give to your Recommendation the greatest Weight. But as the Constitution...
The letter herewith from the comptroller of the Treasury to me and the papers accompanying it will suggest to your consideration some important questions upon which I request your opinion. There are also claims upon the public under the following circumstances respecting which I should be glad to have the benefit of your Judgement. Officers sometimes acting in boards, sometimes individually...
[ Philadelphia, February 12, 1791. In a letter dated February, 1791, Randolph referred to Hamilton’s “letter of February, 12th: 1791.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, February 14 1791. In a letter dated February, 1791, Randolph referred to Hamilton’s “letter of the 14th: February.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, October 12, 1791. On October 18, 1791, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “The attorney-general of the United States does himself the honor of replying to the questions, propounded by the secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in his letter of the 12th of October 1791.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, November 2, 1791. On November 9, 1791, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “I do myself the honor of answering your letter of the 2d. instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 2, 1792. On June 21, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “your communication of the 2d instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 7, 1792. On June 10, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “your favor of the 7 Instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 25, 1792. On June 26, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “your communication of yesterday.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, October 6, 1792. On October 17, 1792, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “On my return home, I found your letter of the 6th instant.” Letter not found. ] Although this letter has not been found, the answer to it indicates that its contents were similar to those of “Treasury Department Circular,” September 13, 1792 .
It appears to me necessary, that processes should issue without further delay upon the Indictments found at the last Circuit Court held at York Town in the Commonwealth of Pensylvania, in reference to the laws laying a duty on Spirits distilled within the United States—and proper, that they should be served by the Marshall of the District of Pensylvania, in person. I am to desire that the...
The President of the United States requests the attendance of the at Nine o’Clock tomorrow morning ; at the President’s house, on the subject of the note sent to the on the 17~. inst: and that the will bring with him such remarks as he may have committed to writing in pursuance of said note. At the same time the President will lay before the Heads of the Departments & the Attorney General some...
I had taken it for granted, from the general spirit of the transaction, that the first installment to the Bank of the United States of the loan mentioned in the within Agreement of the 25 of June last became payable on the 1st of January of the present year. But upon examining the Agreement, a doubt arises whether that intention be consistent with the tenor of the Instrument or how far the Act...
I have the honor to inclose for your consideration Sundry papers relative to certain Certificates of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, originally issued in lieu of Continental Certificates and lately offered to be subscribed to the Loan in state debt continued by an Act of the 8th. of March 1792, entitled “An Act Supplementary to the Act making provision for the debt of the United States.” The...
To The Secretary of State—The Secretary of the Treasury—The Secretary of War and The Attorney General of the United States. Gentlemen, The Treaty which is agreed to be held on or about the first of June next at the Lower Sandusky of Lake Erie, being of great moment to the interests and peace of this Country; and likely to be attended with difficulties arising from circumstances (not unknown to...
I send you a letter of the 26 Ulto from William Bingham Esquire to the Secretary of the Treasury together with the documents accompanying it. I desire your opinion on the following points arising upon these papers. I   Whether the proceedings heretofore by the UStates in Congress assembled have transferred from Mr. Bingham to the public the consequences of the transaction in question so as to...
The posture of affairs in Europe, particularly between France and Great Britain, places the United States in a delicate situation; and requires much consideration of the measures which will be proper for them to observe in the War betwn. those Powers. With a view to forming a general plan of conduct for the Executive, I have stated and enclosed sundry questions to be considered preparatory to...
On a reperusal of the letter from the Governor of Virginia which I mentioned to you, I find that the proposal is to submit the Question to the Supreme Court of the United States at its next term. With the approbation of the President and in conformity to your opinion I have informed the Governor that the Question would be submitted as proposed. It will therefore remain for you to concert with...
Inclosed are two letters one of the 16th of April from the Collector of the District of Charlestown, the other of the 29 of April from the Collector of the District of New Port —raising certain questions concerning the conduct to be observed in respect to prizes brought into the ports of the UStates by the Powers of Europe now at War with each other. I request your opinion on the points of law...
It will not be amiss, I conceive, at the meeting you are about to have to day, to consider the expediency of directing the Customhouse Officers to be attentive to the arming or equipping Vessels, either for offensive or defensive war, in the several ports to which they belong; and make report thereof to the Governor or some other proper Officer. Unless this, or some other effectual mode is...
Fresh occurrences, but communicated thro’ private channels, make it indispensable that the general principles which have already been the subject of discussion should be fixed, & made known for the government of all concerned, as soon as it can be done with propriety. To fix rules on substantial ground, conformably to treaties & the Laws of nations, is extremely desireable. The verdict of the...
It has been the practice with the board of Treasury and it has been continued by this Department in cases of advertisements relative to contracts or other public business, to subjoin a note requesting the Printers throughout the united States or in some cases certain Printers to insert such advertisements in their respective Papers. It has been customary to pay such printer or printers who in...
Th. Jefferson submits to the Secretaries of the treasury & War & the Atty Genl. some sketches of Notes to be signed for the President. As they are done from memory only, they will be pleased to insert whatever more their memories suggest as material. Particularly, the final conclusion as to the express-vessel will be to be inserted, which is most accurately know to the Secy. of the Treasury....
The following case has arisen upon the representation of different Collectors. There have arrived in several Ports of the UStates vessels belonging to citizens of France with Cargoes on board, which were obliged for safety to quit the Island of St Domingo a French Colony, in consequence of civil commotions existing in the Island, and under that species of necessity proceeded to the UStates as...
[ Philadelphia, January 16, 1794. On January 18, 1794, Randolph acknowledged the receipt of Hamilton’s “letter of the 16th. instant.” Letter not found. ]
I did not receive the draft of your reply to Mr. Hammond on the subject of the instructions of the 8th of June till bed time last night, nor could I without a much more considerable delay than seems to comport with your plan pretend to enter into an accurate scrutiny of the paper. I must therefore confine myself to a very few remarks. I   If my memory serves me right your position that the...
Philadelphia, April 30, 1794. “The bearer is a French officer in extreme distress. He wishes to go to St Domingo but has not the means of paying his passage. Is there any way of accommodating him out of the public fund? I refer him to you.…” ALS , RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives.
Philadelphia, May 14, 1794. “The inclosed papers will inform you of the present state of the affair which in your absence you committed to me, respecting the Swift Packet.” Copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City. The enclosures consist of William Rawle to H, May 8, 1794 ; H to George Hammond, May 10 , 14, 1794 ; and Hammond to H, May 12, 1794 . See also Edmund Randolph to H, May 7,...
Philadelphia, May 14, 1794. “Consider, attentively, the Memorial of Walter Stewart, David H. Conyngham, Joseph Gilpin and J Grubb (with the papers accompanying it, in behalf of themselves & others) and report to me your opinions thereupon.” ALS , RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives; LC , RG 59, State Department Correspondence, 1791–1796, National Archives. On April 24,...
[ Philadelphia, May 16, 1794. On May 16, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton and referred to “the note of the Secretary of the Treasury this morning.” Letter not found. ]
Je Suis chargé par le Conseil Exécutif de la République française de notifier au Gouvernement des Etats-unis, le décrét de la Convention Nationale dont j’ai l’honneur de joindre ici copie. Ce décrét en conservant à nos vaisseaux le Pavillon tricolor, n’a fait qu’en chasser l’alliage de Monarchie qu’on y avait lainé Subsister; ces restes d’un régime honteux ne méritent plus de déparer par leur...
Pursuant to the arrangement agreed upon between us in conversation I have instructed the Treasurer to remit to Mr. Pinckney bills for 60,449 current guilders and 8 Stivers being according to the computed par of Exchange the amount of the sum allowed to Major General La Fayette by the Act of Congress of the 27th of March 1794. These bills are drawn upon our Commissioners at Amsterdam and will...
It is my wish to set off for Mount Vernon on Monday next. With some inconvenience to myself, it might be delayed until Wednesday; beyond which the purposes of my journey would, in a great measure, be defeated by further delay. I therefore desire that everything which requires my attention in your Department previous to my absence, may be laid before me with as much promptitude as the case will...
Tomorrow I shall commence my journey for Virginia. My absence from the seat of Government will be as short as I can make it, to answer the purposes of my going. In the interim, occurrences may happen, out of the common routine which might suffer by delay. Where this is the case, & the matter is of importance, advise with the other Secretaries, & the Attorney General, and carry any unanimous...
[ Philadelphia, June 27, 1794. On July 1, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “In answer to the letter which you did me honor of writing to me on the 27th ultimo.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, June 28, 1794. On June 28, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton : “I have this moment received your note of this day.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, July 2, 1794. On July 7, 1794, Hamilton wrote to Randolph : “My letter of the second Instant will have fulfilled your wish.” Letter not found. ]
My letter of the second Instant will have fulfilled your wish, as to the voucher for the money remitted at your request to Mr. Jay. If you will pay the nine Hundred Dollars concerning the payment to Mr. Skipwith to the Cashier of the Bank of the United States and declare the object of the payment, that matter will be put right. The advance by the Bank was informal & has not come upon the...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his Compliments to The Secretary of State—begs leave to inform him that his opinion on the question lately proposed respecting the instruction of Mr Jay eventually to establish by Treaty a Concert with Sweden & Denmark—is against the measure. The United States have peculiar advantages from situation which would thereby be thrown into common stock without...
[ Philadelphia, July 9, 1794. On July 12, 1794, Randolph acknowledged Hamilton’s “letter of the 9th. instant.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia ] July [ 12 ] 1794 . “… The items in the inclosed accounts appear … most naturally and properly charges upon the fund for foreign intercourse. The fund alluded … contemplates matters of unforeseen casualty to which no other fund is applicable.” AL , RG 59, Consular Reports: Dublin, National Archives. H incorrectly dated this letter July 11, 1794. See Randolph to H, third letter...
[ Philadelphia, September 3, 1794. On September 5, 1794, Randolph wrote to Hamilton “in answer to his letter of the 3d instant.” Letter not found. ]
I cannot entertain a doubt that Mr. Jaudenes request for a guard ought to be complied with. The protection due to a foreign Minister is absolute and the courtesy of nations dictates that military means shall be used in cases where there may be doubt of the adequateness of the civil—as here where the menace of assassination may require an armed guard. Nor have I the least doubt that the...
[ Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1794. On October 8, 1794, Randolph wrote to William Rawle: “The Secretary of State … has the honor to communicate … the following Extract of a letter of the 6th instant this moment received from the Secretary of the Treasury.…” Letter not found. ] LC , RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives....
[ Carlisle, Pennsylvania, October 11, 1794. On October 14, 1794, Randolph wrote to Washington: “At eight o’clock last night I was honored by Colo. Hamilton’s public letter of the 11th instant.” Letter not found. ] Although Randolph refers to “Colo. Hamilton’s public letter,” in actuality the letter in question was written by H for Washington. On October 11, 1794, Washington wrote a private...
The case of Mr. Green upon which you request my opinion appears to be, in substance, as follows. Mr Green being a subject of his britannic Majesty, emigrated to America after the treaty of peace in 1783, and by his residence & taking the requisite oaths became a citizen of the United States. He afterwards entered into a contract with certain British Merchants established at Ostend: and on a...
Remarks on Lord Grenvilles project of a Commercial Treaty made at the request of E Randolph Esquire   Secty of States A   Inasmuch as the light house duties, which are excepted , constitute an additional charge on Vessels of the UStates beyond those of G. Britain in British Ports, this article, which puts British vessels in our ports exactly upon the same footing with ours wants reciprocity....
I send you copies of two letters one from me to The Collector of Charlestown of September 4th & another from the comptroller to the same Officer of October 6th, on the subject of a construction which has been given in that port to the rules of the President & the Act of Congress of last session concerning the equipping of armed Vessels. I fear much mischief has ensued from this construction...
I have recd your two letters of the 3d instant. On the 2d instant Mr. Dela Forest produced at my Office a draft of the Minister for forty thousand Dollars payable the 3d of September next. In consequance of what had passed between us, I took it for granted on the appearance of this draft, that the affair had been arranged between the Minister and you; and as the case was represented to be very...
In reply to your letter of the 10. instant I am to inform you, that I have this day accepted the French minister’s draught for Thirty thousand Dollars in addition to the Forty thousand, for which he drew upon me a few days since. I have also further to add, that there is now no obstacle with this Department to accept drafts (including those abovementioned) for the amount of the Instalments...