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To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, [16 June 1790]

From Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday [16 June 1790]

Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Jefferson. He has perused with much satisfaction the draft of his report on the subject of weights and measures. There is no view which Mr. H. has yet taken of the matter which stands opposed to the alteration of the money-unit as at present contemplated by the regulations of Congress either in the way suggested in the report or in that mentioned in the note of yesterday. And there are certainly strong reasons to render such a correspondency desireable. The idea of a general standard among nations, as in the proposal of the Bishop D Autun seems full of convenience and order.

RC (DLC); undated, but certainly written on the date assigned: on Tuesday, 15 June 1790, TJ recorded receipt of the letter containing the proposition of the Bishop of Autun to the National Assembly; he immediately transmitted a copy of it to Rittenhouse, as he also obviously did in a (missing) note of yesterday to Hamilton (see Short to TJ, 29 Mch. 1790; TJ to Hamilton, 12 June 1790; TJ to Rittenhouse, under 15 June 1790).

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