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[ Philadelphia ] October 28, 1790 . “… Alexander Hamilton for and in behalf of the … United States of America, and … Theodosius Fowler … have mutually covenanted and agreed … that [Fowler] … shall supply and issue as many rations … as shall be required of him for the service of the United States.…” during 1791 at the western army posts. Copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City. Fowler...
The Act imposing duties on the Tonnage of Ships or Vessels declares that this charge shall accrue when vessels “shall be entered in the United States from a foreign port or place.” That entry can never have preceded the application for a Register for a new Ship, and consequently the Tonnage cannot be then demanded. New Vessels applying for coasting licences are charged upon a different...
I had the honor duly to receive your two letters of the 3d and 6th inst:. The Packet for the Baron de Steuben contained in the former, was delivered to him agreeably to your direction. The papers concerning Capt. Lyde were transmitted by the post following that which took my letter of the 29th. Ulto. No more proper characters having been pointed out by further enquiry, I have, pursuant to your...
If the arrival of the vessel, that has put into this port in distress, was subsequent to the passing of the existing Collection-Law, she is not liable to Tonnage; provided all the requisitions of the Law, in such cases, are duly complied with, but if she has left behind her any goods, not licensed by you to be sold, either on account of their perishable nature, or for the purpose of procuring...
The bearer John Wood shaved and dressed me in New York. He has taken it into his head to try his fortune here. I have found him sober and punctual & he has done my business to my satisfaction. He desires to have the honor of dealing with the heads & Chins of some of your family and I give him this line, at his request, to make him known to you. Yrs. with great regard ALS , Mr. Stephen Decatur,...
Philadelphia, October, 1790. This account lists the payments made for moving “15 Loads of Goods” from New York City to Philadelphia. D , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Fraunces was a clerk in the Treasury Department.
Your distance from this Office renders it necessary that the disposal of the Bills of the Treasurer should be subjected in a greater degree than heretofore to your discretion. When applications are made I request that you will make the sale without the usual recurrence to me taking due care to have a good firm or name as signer of the Notes you receive, and another as endorser. It will be...
Doubts have arisen in one of the Loan Offices whether the Certificates to be issued for sums subscribed to the new Loan should be signed by the Commissioner. This being necessary, I am to request that if any have gone from your Office without your name, you will apply for them to the holders and add your signature. An opinion has been communicated to me by one of the Loan Officers that...
I am honored with your letter of the 25th. ultimo, relative to the office of Commissioner of Loans for the State of New Hampshire. It appears most proper that I should postpone any movement upon this subject, ’till I shall Know your pleasure after my letter of the twenty sixth of last month shall reach your hands, and you shall be ascertained of Mr. Langdon’s intentions in regard to the...
It will be necessary to the perfect understanding of the case you referred to me this morning, to know the day on which the goods of the Betsey from Liverpool were entered and whether they are now in a situation to be exhibited. It will be agreable to me also to see such papers, relative to this case, as may be in your hands. When you possess me of these things, I will give the subject due...
I have the honor to inform you, that a letter, of which a copy is enclosed, has come to my hands from the Loan officer of North Carolina, since the date of my last letter. On considering minutely the course of the business of the new Loans and the future operations of the Treasury, as they will affect the public stocks, it appeared necessary to the prevention of frauds by Counterfeiters and...
[ Philadelphia, November 6, 1790. On November 19, 1790, Olney wrote to Hamilton: “Your letter of the 6. instant … came to hand this day.” Letter not found. ] The letter of November 19, 1790, is a routine Treasury letter and has not been printed. It can be found in RG 56, Letters from the Collector at Providence, National Archives.
Since I did myself the honor to address you on the fourth instant, another letter from the Commissioner of Loans for the State of North Carolina has been received, of which a copy will be found in this inclosure. From this last communication it appears, that he is disposed to make an experiment of the office, which, I beg leave to observe, is a pleasing circumstance, both as it insures the...
I have considered the application made to you by the Gentlemen concerned in the damaged goods imported in the Betsey from Liverpool, and I am of opinion, that your answer to them is conformable with the Law. The legislature having thought proper to make the measures prescribed by the Act, requisite to obtaining the allowance for damage, it is not in the power of any executive officer to...
I wish to have the advantage of a conversation with you on certain public subjects, in the course of this week any afternoon or evening, after tomorrow, when you will be disengaged. If you will name a day for taking a family dinner with me, I shall think it the best arrangement; if this is not convenient, name an Evening and I will call upon you. The chief subjects will be additional funds for...
I inclose you copies of two resolutions which have passed the house of representatives of Virginia. Others had been proposed and disagreed to. But the war was still going on. A spirited remonstrance to Congress is talked of. This is the first symptom of a spirit which must either be killed or will kill the constitution of the United States. I send the resolutions to you that it may be...
I have received through the Clerk of the District Court, your statement of facts on the petition of George Tyler. Some doubts which arose in my mind on the subject, added to my being on the point of removal from New York to Philadelphia delayed a determination. The day before yesterday a letter from the Collector of Penobscot of the 20th. of September (an extract from which together with...
You will oblige me very much if you will have an assay made as speedily as possible by some of the most skilful hands in your City of the Coins gold and silver of England France Spain & Portugal in most general circulation with you. The more I examine the statements and tables which have been published respecting the standards of Coins, the more variances I discover; and the more it appears to...
Treasury Department, November 17, 1790. “I have recieved your letter of the 10th. instant.… The late Collection Law specifies, that a certain per centage shall be allowed to Collectors on all sums by them recieved and paid into the Treasury. You cannot therefore charge commisions upon monies recieved under it which have not been so disposed of.…” Copy, RG 56, Letters to and from the Collectors...
[ Portsmouth, New Hampshire ] November 18, 1790 . Joseph Whipple, signing for Hamilton on behalf of the United States Government, agrees to pay Salter $555.99 to maintain “the Light House Situate on the Island of New Castle in … New Hampshire at the entrance of the River Piscataqua” and to serve as keeper of the lighthouse. DS , RG 26, “Segregated Lighthouse Records, National Archives; copy,...
[ Philadelphia, November 19, 1790. On December 2, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Delany : “I have received this morning your letter in answer to mine of the 19th. ultimo.” Letter not found. ]
Treasury Department, November 19, 1790. “Before I had the honor to receive your letter relative to Captain Hall, the President of the United States had appointed Captain Hopley Yeaton to the Command of the Revenue Cutter which is to be built in New Hampshire. As it has happened in other instances it is possible Captain Hall, tho’ recommended as Master may accept the Station of first Mate whose...
Treasury Department, November 19, 1790. “In one of your late letters you mention Mr. George House as a Candidate for the command of a Cutter. The President having made his appointment, it becomes a question whether Mr. House will serve in the station of first Mate the Emoluments of which you will see by the law—also whether any better qualified person presents for that place. You inform me...
Several applications have been made by subscribers and transferrees of the new loan for more than one certificate for the sum belonging to them respectively. I am of opinion on further reflection that it will greatly promote the convenience of the Stockholders and so far favorably affect the public debt; and therefore authorize you to accommodate all those who define it, with certificates of...
[ Philadelphia, November 20, 1790. Letter listed in “A list of 51 Papers Relative to Contract Between the United States and John C. Symmes.” Letter not found. ] Clarence E. Carter, ed., The Territorial Papers of the United States (Washington, 1934), II, 390. Ludlow was a New Jersey surveyor and land speculator. Symmes, who had served as a member of the Continental Congress in 1785 and 1786,...
Your letter of the 8th. September has not been answered so early as would otherwise have been the case, from the extraordinary engagements in this office about the business of the new loan, & the removal from New York to Philadelphia. The clause in the late & existing Collection Law relative to exporting goods in the same packages in which they were imported cannot apply to goods actually...
It being probable, that I shall shortly instruct the Treasurer of the United States to draw bills upon you to the amount of one million of guilders, to be paid out of the last loan of three millions; I enclose you his signature, together with that of the Register of the Treasury, and the form of the bills which he will draw. The sight, at which these drafts will be made payable, will,...
A danger to the United States has been suggested from the Certificates for transfer from the Treasury to the several Loan Offices and from one Loan Office to another or to the Treasury. It is observed that the writing, which is expressive of the rate of Interest , and that which is expressive of the time when interest will accrue are capable of being taken out as in the case of Pierces Notes...
I   Confidence that measures for the further support of public Credit and for the payment of the interest and gradual extinguishment of the principal of the public debt will be pursued with zeal & vigour. And that as one mean to this a plan for the sale of the Western lands will be adopted, which will give them the effects intended, appropriating them to the sinking fund, while it will extend...
Being desirous to carry into execution the intentions of the legislature in regard to the Claims upon the department of the late Quarter Master general, it is my wish, if agreeable to you, that you should undertake the business of collecting the documents, of receiving the claims and of stating them from time to time in returns that shall comprehend a number of them to the Auditor of the...
I have received this morning your letter in answer to mine of the 19th. ultimo from which I find that Messrs. Willing Morris & Swanwick’s bond given for duties on goods imported from Rhode Island on the 1st. of June, falls due this day. The Legislature having declared that the Section of the act to regulate the Collection of duties, which subjected foreign goods from N. Carolina & Rhode Island...
The day before yesterday I received a letter from Mr. Woodbury Langdon declining the appointment offered him. There was a letter with it for you which I immediately forwarded. Since that time I have conversed with Mr. Langdon & have heared from Mr. Gilman; the former is warm in his recommendation of Mr. Keith Spence; he states that his insolvency was owing to the loss of a valuable ship &...
“In pursuance of the authority granted for negociating a loan not exceeding application was made in Holland, and I have the pleasure to inform you, that a sum equal to dollars has been subscribed. This loan, which shews by its success the confidence placed in the U. States, cannot fail by its intended application to give additional support to the public credit. The terms of it, with the...
I thank you for the attention you are so obligingly paying to the matters I have troubled you with. The interest, which yourself and my other friends in New York are so good as to take in my health is no small compensation for the temporary diminution of it. We are always glad to find that we are not forgotten by those to whom we are much attached. My Complaint has been nothing more than my...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor to enclose to the Vice President of the United States the letter of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, with that of Captain Lyde. These papers were duly transmitted to the President of the United States, but could not be attended with any favorable consequences to Captain Lyde, as a commander for the Cutter on the Massachusetts Station had...
In your future receipts of old emission money it will be well if possible to cancel it when you are counting it. The operation may perhaps be performed then without loss of time. In that sent on from some of the offices a number of counterfeits have been found. I wish to know if you have discovered any considerable proportion, and I must request that the greatest care be used in examining the...
[ Philadelphia, December 4, 1790. Letter listed in dealer’s catalogue. Letter not found. ] LS , sold by Stan V. Henkels, May 8, 9, 10, 1895, Lot 27. Tilton, a Dover, Delaware, physician, was commissioner of loans for Delaware.
If I recollect right my requests have hitherto referred your experiments to the newest dollars. I want however to know the different kinds in common circulation & their average weight and respective dates. Will you be so obliging then as to cause different parcels to be taken promiscuously out of the Mass in bank—say about 100 in each parcel, to cause them to be accurately weighed together,...
Treasury Department, December 7, 1790. Submits “a provisional agreement entered into by the Collector of Newport for keeping the Light house on the Island of Conanicut for one year from the 13th. of September last.…” LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. William Ellery. Conanicut Island is located in Narragansett Bay.
The instructions given to you originally in regard to the transmission of certificates are rightly construed by you in your letter of the 1st. instant. The certificates of the Register of the Treasury and all others of which you have no checks or registers are to be sent hither for examination: And moreover, in all other cases wherein you actually find reason to entertain doubts of the...
The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor respectfully to inclose to the President of the United States a letter that has been transmitted under cover to him, together with some papers that accompanied it. LC , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
The Comptroller of the Treasury having happily recovered his health, and being consequently able to superintend as usual the business of his office, I am to request that you will in future make your applications to him on all questions or enquiries relative to the forms transmitted to you and to the mode of acting in cases arising under them. Such enquiries as you may have addressed to me...
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President. As the instruction concerning Capt. Howell is not definitive, The Secretary, unless directed to the contrary will retain the Communication till he has had an opportunity of submitting to the President some other candidates & recommendations from the same quarter, merely to afford an opportunity of comparison, & to acquaint...
Your letter of the 29th. October has been received. It will be proper for you to make application on the subject of fees to the Collector of your District. It is his duty, both as it regards the persons who hold the employment of surveyor and the public service, to pay to the several surveyors the lawful portion of the compensations, according to their several services. And I presume if any...
Treasury Department, December 13, 1790. “I learn from your letter of the 7th. of October, that you have sent for a set of Scales & Weights, and that you have determined to rent a store for the Public Use, as also to build a scale house. Some of these things you will perceive by consulting the Acts of Congress cannot be lawfully done without Permission first obtained. Before I authorize you to...
The Treasurer of the United States has instructions to deposit with you his draughts on Messrs. Wm. and John Willink and N. and J. Van Staphorst and Hubbard of Amsterdam to the Amount of 25000 Guilders. These bills are drawn as you will perceive at a very short sight. The price for which you are to dispose of them is 36⁴⁄₁₁ ninetieths of a dollar per guilder, for which you may receive notes...
[ Philadelphia, December 13, 1790. On December 20, 1790, William Seton wrote to Hamilton : “The President & Directors desire me to acknowledge the receipt of your two Letters of the 13th.” One letter not found. ]
I have received your letter relative to the Ship Warren, and highly approve the vigilance and firmness, which you have Shewn in this case. It does not appear that any penalty or forfeiture is incurred by the vessel’s departure from your District, without papers, because she was not licensed , and not bound to a foreign port . But the Deputy Collector of Newport ought, as I understand the...
Respectfully reports That the object which appears to be more most immediately essential necessary essential to the further support of public Credit, in pursuance of the principles of the plan adopted during the last session of Congress is the establishment of proper and sufficient funds for of such additional funds
I have the honor to transmit herewith the copy of a report intended to be presented to the House of representatives on the subject of a National Bank. This communication would have been earlier made if it had been in my power, but it has been impossible for me to prepare it sooner. With the most perfect respect   I have the honor to be   Sir, Your most Obedient & most humble Servant LC ,...