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From Alexander Hamilton to Wilhem and Jan Willink, Nicholaas and Jacob Van Staphorst, and Nicholas Hubbard, 3 October 1791

To Wilhem and Jan Willink,
Nicholaas and Jacob Van Staphorst,
and Nicholas Hubbard

Treasury Department
October 3d. 1791.

Gentlemen

I have learnt with some surprise, through Mr. Short, that the price of the effects of the United States had undergone a sudden depression in the market of Amsterdam.1

This is so different from the tenor of the hopes I had built upon those expressed by you, and so contrary to all the calculations I can form on the natural course of the thing, that I cannot but be curious for a particular devellopment of its cause.

It will therefore be satisfactory to me to receive from you, as early as may be, a full explanation of the circumstances which shall appear to you to have occasioned so unexpected a turn of the thing.

With great consideration, I remain   Gentlemen   Your Obedt. servant

Messrs. Willinks, VanStaphorsts & Hubbard
Amsterdam.

Copy, William Short Papers, Library of Congress.

1See Short to H, July 26, 27, 1791.

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