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To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 17 April 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasy Dept. April 17. 1794.

The Secy of the Treasury presents his respects to the President of the U.S. & encloses herewith the draft of a Passport, requested by mister Hammond for a vessel intended by him to be dispatched to Halifax, and which the Secretary understood from the Secy of State was to be granted by the President.1


1For the request for a passport by British minister George Hammond “for the sole purpose of conveying to Halifax [Nova Scotia] a messenger, who will be charged with my dispatches,” see his letter to Edmund Randolph of 29 March (RG 59, Notes from the British Legation). Randolph submitted Hammond’s letter to Hamilton with a cover letter of 16 April (Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 16:291–92). The enclosed passport has not been identified, but it probably was for the schooner Margery, which sailed from New York “with the Mail, for Halifax,” on 20 April (Daily Advertiser [New York], 21 April).

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