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In answer to your enquiry of the 22d inst. I have the honor to observe that in the communications heretofore made, it is stated, that an additional two millions of Guilders had been already directed to be borrowed & a proposition is submitted to the consideration of the President for authorising a further loan of three millions of florins. One of the objects of the two million loan was the...
I am extremely sorry to have embarrassed you by my late application, and that you should think there are insuperable obstacles to a compliance with it. Having renounced my expectations, I have no other inducement for troubling Your Excellency with a second letter, than to obviate the appearance of having desired a thing inconsistent with the good of the service, while I was acquainted with the...
To His Excellency George Washington Esqr. General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of The United States of America. We The Commissioners appointed by Your Excellency “to treat, confer, determine and conclude upon a General Cartel for the exchange and accommodation of prisoners of war including the troops of The Convention of Saratoga and all matters whatsoever which might be properly...
The other day I applied to Col. Tilghman for an order for Shoes for the Two Companies of levies. He thought on a general principle it could not be granted; but as from the best of my own recollection confirmed by inquiry of others, I have reason to believe a distinction was made last campaign in favour of the advanced corps; in the case of Cortland’s regiment, I am induced to submit the matter...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President & sends for his information & direction two letters, one from the Collector of Oxford, the other from mister Murray member from Maryland. The Secretary, if not directed otherwise, will by the post of tomorrow, desire the Collector to detain the prize until further order; lest not receiving early instruction he may surrender...
Letter not found: from Alexander Hamilton, 9 July 1795. On 13 July, GW wrote Hamilton: “I have, in the regular course of the Posts, been duly favored with your letters of the 9th, accompanying your observations on the several articles of the treaty with Great Britain, and of the 10th supplimentary thereto.”
I have returned to this place from Union Town. A letter from Governor Lee which goes with this probably informs you of the plan of future operations —but lest it should not I shall briefly state it. The right wing is to take a position with its left towards Budds ferry & its right toward Greensburgh. The left wing is to be posted between the Yocghagani & Monongalia with its left towards the...
The receipt two days since of your letter of the 21 instant gave me sincere pleasure. The token of your regard, which it announces, is very precious to me, and will always be remembered as it ought to be. Mrs Hamilton has lately added another boy to our Stock. She and the child are both well—She desires to be affectionately remembered to Mrs Washington & yourself. We have nothing new here more...
I had the pleasure of receiving in due time your letter of the 15th instant. The Suggestions it contains will be maturely weighed. I postpone any thing definitive, till the return of General Wilkinson which is momently expected. The other Documents, besides No. 8, which accompanied his letter, were not material to the consideration of its contents, or they would have been forwarded—Even Number...
Philadelphia, 8 July 1791. Respectfully submits a contract between the superintendent of the establishments on the Delaware River and John Wilson for building a beacon boat for its shoals and humbly gives his opinion, after comparing Wilson’s contract with that of Warwick Hale, enclosed, and after inquiring into the proportional value of a similar boat already built and into the present rates...
Private Dear Sir New York June 15. 1799 I wrote to you a few days since chiefly to inform you of the progress of the measures respecting the recruiting service & that the symptoms with regard to it were sufficiently promising. The accounts continue favourable. I have just received a letter from General Wilkinson dated the 13 of April, in which he assures me that he will set out in the ensuing...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit a fair copy of the Draft approved by the President this morning respecting the Port of Entry & Delivery in the District of Vermont. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. This enclosure, dated May 9, 1792, reads in part as follows: “I have appointed, and by these presents do appoint the Island of South Hero in Lake Champlain...
Treasury Department, June 11, 1794. “The Secretary of the Treasury respectfully submits to the consideration of the President the enclosed communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue respecting two mooring chains for the river Delaware, with his opinion that it will be for the public interest to ratify it. The draft of an authorisation for paying the second instalment of the two million...
When I wrote my letter of the 21st instant I had intirely forgotten the existence of your two instructions of the 8 of Augt., owing probably to the effect upon my memory of my sickness which soon after ensued. I only recollected that the loan had been authorised by me pursuant to your special direction, and I conceived that the subject of it’s disposition was wholly open. I regret this...
I received the most sincere pleasure at finding in our last conversation, that there was some relaxation in the disposition you had before discovered to decline a reelection. Since your departure, I have lost no opportunity of sounding the opinions of persons, whose opinions were worth knowing, on these two points—1st the effect of your declining upon the public affairs, and upon your own...
I have the honor to enclose a communication of the 9th instant from the Commissioner of the Revenue, this morning received, transmitting a Contract with Abeshai Woodward as Superintendant of the workmen to be employed in completing the Lighthouse at Bald-Head. From what is said by the Commissioner of the Revenue, & information through other channels, I am of opinion, that a person in this...
Some ill health in my family, now at an end as I hope, interfered with an earlier acknowlegement of your favour of the 21st instant. The contents cannot but be gratifying to me. It is my intention, if not prevented by further ill health in my family, to proceed on the first of November to Trenton. My aid to the Secretary to the full extent of what he shall permit me to afford will not be...
The Secry. of the Treasury presents his respects to The President. He finds it will be impracticable for him without injury to the public service to leave town on Monday , but he will do it the day after & overtake the President. However he begs leave to inform the President that from the information received, there is no prospect of a pretty general assembling of the Pennsylvania & N Jersey...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to The President—incloses him a letter which Mr. Coxe has just brought to him for his perusal. It is conceived that a reply may be given to this Letter, by Mr Coxe, which being published with the letter, may do good. If the President sees no objection, the idea will be pursued. It is said that papers have been received from England down to...
The present state & prospects of the Treasury render it necessary, without delay, to exercise the power vested in the President by the act passed the 18 instant, intitled “an act authorizing a Loan of two millions of Dollars.” To enable him to determine this a probable view of receipts & expenditures distributed quarter yearly is herewith presented, and the form of a power as usual to The...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the president; has the honor to transmit for his consideration the draft of a report pursuant to two references of the House of Representatives, concerning which he will wait upon the President on Saturday, being desireous of sending in a Report on Monday. LB , DLC:GW . The House of Representatives resolved on 21 Nov. “That it is the...
The Attorney for the District of Virginia has presented to the accounting officers of the Treasury Department, a claim against the United States for his services in attending at Norfolk by direction from the Secy of State, in order to take depositions respecting a british vessel alledged to have been taken by a french privateer within the limits of the United States; which claim has been...
Your letter of the 29th was delivered me by Mr. King yesterday afternoon. I thought I had acknowleged the Receipt of the paper inquired for in a letter written speedily after it—or in one which transmitted you a draft of a certain letter by Mr. Jay. I hope this came to hand. I am almost afraid to appear officious in what I am going to say; but the matter presses so deeply on my mind that...
At a meeting of the heads of departments and the Attorney general at the Secretary of state’s office Aug. 5. 1793. The case of the Swallow letter of marque at New York, desired to be sent out of our ports, as being a privateer. It is the opinion that there is no ground to make any order on the subject. The Polly or Republican , in the hands of the Marshal at New York, on a charge of having...
[ New York, July 13, 1795. On July 14, 1795, Washington wrote to Hamilton : “I received your favor of yesterday.” Letter not found. ]
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to transmit herewith to the President of the United States the result of the enquiry on the subject of Mr. Drayton. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. H may have misdated this letter to Washington or it was misdated by the copyist, for “the result of the enquiry on the subject of Mr. Drayton” may be found in Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to...
The sitting of the Court and an uncommon pressure of business have unavoidably delayed an answer to your last favour. I have read with attention Mr. Pickerings letter. It is in the main a substantial and satisfactory paper, will in all probability do considerable good in enlightening public opinion at home—and I do not know that it contains any thing which will do harm elsewhere. It wants...
Inclosed I have the honor to send you the translation of a letter from Mr. Fauchet, of the 21st instant. The arrangements of the Treasury have been taken so as to correspond with the epochs of promised payment. But I entertain no doubt that I can facilitate an arrangement between the Bank & Mr. Fauchet which will accomplish in substance the object of his letter. I did not think it proper,...
Major Fairly is just setting out on a visit to You I believe on some business relating to the Cinninnati. The society of this state met some short time since and took into consideration the proposed alterations in the original frame of the Institution. Some were strenuous for adhering to the old constitution a few for adopting the new and many for a middle line. This disagreement of opinion...
I had the honor of writing to you three Days since by Mr Vaughan. Nothing material has since occurred; except that a number of persons have been apprehended. Twenty of them are in confinement at this place—others have not yet arrived. Several of those in confinement are fit subjects for examples and it is probable from the evidence already collected & what is expected that enough for that...
I have the honor to send herewith an adjustment at the Treasury concerning the quantity of Acres in Warrants for army bounty rights, which ought to be deemed an equivalent for the 214,285, Acres of land mentioned in the second enacting clause of the Act intitled “An Act authorising the grant and conveyance of certain Lands to the Ohio Company of Associates”; and a Certificate of the delivery...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to submit to the President the draft of a report on the subject of ways & means for carrying into execution the Military bill. He will wait on the President tomorrow morning for his Orders; as it is interesting there should be no avoidable delay. LB , DLC:GW . The enclosed draft of Hamilton’s Report Relative to the Additional Supplies for the Ensuing...
I return the draft corrected agreeably to your intimations. You will observe a short paragraph added respecting Education . As to the establishment of a University, it is a point which in connection with military schools, & some other things, I meant, agreeably to your desire to suggest to you, as parts of your Speech at the opening of the session. There will several things come there much...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President, sends him the statement of facts promised. The date is proposed to be two or three days before the Proclamation, when it was in fact begun. There is a blank to be filled with a quotation from a former proclamation which is not immediately at hand; but the blank will be filled before it goes to the press. If the President...
For a considerable time past the Commissioner of Loans for New York, has laboured under a degree of bodily infirmity little suited to the arduous duties of his station. A belief that his demise would speedily have terminated the embarrassment, united with other considerations, has hitherto prevented me from officially representing his situation to you, & the possible inconvenience to the...
On my return from Trenton, the day before yesterday, I found your private letter of the 13th as well as yr public letter of the 15th instant. The News papers have probably informed you that poor Avery is dead of the yellow fever. The President has resolved to send the commissioners to France notwithstanding the change of affairs there. He is not understood to have consulted either of his...
I have the honor to send herewith sundry papers which relate to the Petition of William Martin & contain full information on the subject. Upon the whole as Mr Martin is undoubtedly an innocent sufferer, I incline to the opinion that a pardon may be adviseable which would operate to remit one half the penalty incurred. With perfect respect &c. LB , DLC:GW . William Martin (1733-1814)...
In answer to an enquiry which you were pleased to make I have the honor to transmit a Communication from the Commissioner of the Revenue of the 25 of December. It is true that there have been some defects of execution, but they are by no means such as in my opinion warrant the strong declaration of Mr Butler and I think it probable that they are to be attributed more to that agent whom he...
About a fortnight since, I sent you a certain draft. I now send you another on the plan of incorporating. Whichever you may prefer, if there be any part you wish to transfer from one to another any part to be changed—or if there be any material idea in your own draft which has happened to be omitted and which you wish introduced—in short if there be any thing further in the matter in which I...