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To Alexander Hamilton from Edward Carrington, 19 May 1794

From Edward Carrington

District of Virga. Richmond
May 19. 1794

Sir,

Yours of the 8th. Instant1 covering a letter for Mr. Augustine Davis2 the post Master at this place was recd. two posts ago, and was instantly delivered to himself by my own hands.

Yours of the same date3 directing that the Expences incurred in forwarding your letters of the 26th March & 18th April4 to sundry Collectors of the Customs in this district, are to constitute charges against the public has also been received. I do not however understand you that I am, in the present situation of the Vouchers, to debit the amount in my Revenue Accounts, but that my Acct. for the expenditures is to be specially audited & passed at the Treasury, as that of any other individual would, for a like service. You will therefore receive inclosed the Acct. with the Necessary Vouchers.5

Having, in mine of the 18th of March,6 made you a communication concerning the requisition of Mr. Hopkins7 for about 15000 dols. for the Int. of the public debt becoming due on the 1st apl. it occurs now that it is at least not improper, to inform you, that he afterwards reduced the requisition to 11400.8 This now has been for some time paid, and you will no longer consider the sums appearing on my weekly reports, as destined to that demand.

I am very respectfully   Sir   Your most Ob st

Ed Carrington
Supr D.V.

A. Hamilton Esq

ALS, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 5740, National Archives.

1Letter not found.

2Letter not found.

3Letter not found.

4“Treasury Department Circular to the Collectors of the Customs,” March 26, April 18, 1794.

5Carrington’s account, which H endorsed “To be sent to the Auditor for settlement. A. Hamilton,” may be found in RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 5740, National Archives.

6Letter not found.

7John Hopkins was commissioner of loans for Virginia.

8Hopkins’s account for the quarter ending May 31, 1794, may be found in RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 5803, National Archives.

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