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The conversation which I had with you some days past on the subject of the Secretarys Letter respecting our manufactures, has given occasion the imperfect History of that Business which accompanies this. I shall leave it to your judgment to make such use of it in your correspondence with the Secretary as you may deem proper—or wholly to suppress it; I am not possessd of sufficient documents on...
On examining mr. Pearce’s acct. I find he has recieved a considerable Sum of Money from you & that mr. Parkinson has also been furnished with Some Money in part of his act. There is no charges made by the Society against you to cut up this act. except three Hundred Dollars which mr Walker paid to your Order—neither is there any documents in this office which can serve to shew if you have been...
Some weeks past I wrote you by Mr. Hall requesting to be favoured with the copy of your accts. with the Society for establishing useful Manufactures. By the Books which I have opened, you appear a Creditor for upwards of two thousand Dolls, advanced Pearce & others. As I am without your answer, I cannot ascertain if you are Still in advance to the Society that sum, or if it has been repaid,...
Your favour of 10th April only reached me here the last Mail. I had left Paterson the 17th. of April, on the Evening of the Day that the Board of Directors left Town, in consequence of Letters from Hartford, stating the critical Situation of my Family, Sick with the Small pox. It has proved fatal to one of my children, & another has been confined to the Hospital for upwards of five Weeks; & is...
Herewith you have your a/c with the Society for establishing useful Manufactures, the Balance due you One thousand, Eight Hundred & Eleven Dolls ten Cents—for which I am to request that you draw on Abijah Hammond Esqr of New York, as cashier to Said Society . He is only notified of the Balance, & that the Board of Directors have directed this mode of payment. The Board of Directors have at...
Yesterday Mr. Binks handed me your favour, without date, accompanied with one from Mr. Cay of the 2d Instant. That to me had been broken open & Sealed again, which did not give me a very favourable impression of the bearer. Mr. Binks claims to have been at the head of a considerable Business, and to have received three Guineas ⅌ Week as a compensation in England. He had formed expectations of...
Since the dismission of Mr. Pearce from the Service of the Society, it appears that many articles which were under his care are missing; & there is good ground to believe that he has sent from hence to Willmington many articles of Machinery that are the property of the Society. The Board of Directors at their late meeting have directed General Cumming to go to Willmington in order to Serch...
[ January 11, 1795. On January 28, 1795, Edmund Randolph sent to Nicholas Way, Treasurer of the Mint, a letter “to Col. Hamilton … from P. Colt of 11th January.” Letter not found. ] During the American Revolution, Colt, a native of Lyme, Connecticut, served for three years as deputy commissary general of purchases for the Eastern Department. In 1790 he became treasurer of Connecticut, and in...