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Boston, March 13, 1791. “… Mr. Higginson presented me with a letter from you of 27 Feby. Agreably thereto I shall recei⟨ve of⟩ him whatever he inclines to pay me to the extent of thirty thousand Dolls.… I am in hopes to be ready to pay Interest on the 1st April but it will require our utmost exertions to accomplish it, for on the last of Feby they crowded upon me very large sums to Loan &...
Circular Letter 6th instant is received. The Treasurer of this State informs me that this State never issued any of their own Obligations in exchange for Continental Securities, all the Federal securities which they are, or have been possessed of, were received either by Taxes or by the Sale of Lands &c. so that I presume the precautions which you point out will not be necessary in this State....
Boston, March 2, 1791. “I had the honor to write you 23d Ulto. since which I have received Drafts from the Treasury for fifty thousand Dollars. I find they will meet with a ready Sale. I have already sold & Engaged 24000 Dollr. The drafts on the Collector & the Massachusetts Bank are recd. & deposited in the Bank to my credit by which I am supplied with means to pay the Pensioners which...
[ Boston ] February 5, 1791 . “I wrote you 26 Ulto. This serves to inclose Duplicate Receipt for Certificates received from the Register dated 22d Jany 1791—also first receipt for Certificates dated 29th. Jany 1791. By this Post I transmitt to the Auditor an Abstract of Certificates Indents & Bills of Old Emission, recd into the Office in the Month of November last for which Certificates of...
Boston, November 17, 1790. “Your circular Letter 1st Novr. is recd. I have put my signature to all the Certificates which I have issued. I have had no applicants as non-subscribers if any persons should apply I shall observe your directions respecting Indents & Old Continental emissions . I had no Idea that a State could be a subscriber towards the assumed Debt but only be entitled to draw...
[ Boston ] September 29, 1790 . “I had the honor of writing you the 23d. Inst., since which I am favoured with yours of 23d Inst.… I now transmitt you an account of the Registers which I now have on hand, as far as they respect the Army Accounts & the Accounts of the Five great departments.… I have employed Printers to strike off blanks of the various Forms and Bookbinders to prepare the...
Your favors of 30th Ulto. is recd. I am apprehensive that the quantity of Old Emission money will be very great. I have already recd. into the Office about a Million Dollars which fills a middling sized Chest; a few Years since there was an order of Court for the Town Clerks to make the best return they could of the quantity of paper money in their respective Towns, the returns amounted to...
I have already wrote you this Evening & as it is now past the close of the Mail am in hopes to convey this by the Stage Driver. Inclosed is as accurate Statement of the Stocks standing on my Books as the time would permitt the Books not being posted up. Part of the Account are taken from original entries & therefore subject to error. But I believe it is not far from the truth. Issues of...
Boston, August 14, 1794. Requests payment of his salary as commissioner of loans in Massachusetts for the second quarter of 1794, amounting to three hundred seventy-five dollars. ALS , RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 5879, National Archives. On August 23, 1794, Warrant No. 3878 was issued to Appleton for this amount (RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts,...
Boston, February 2, 1790. “… Agreably to your directions I notifyed the Holders of public securities that no Indents of Interest would be issued at the Loan Office after the close of the year 1789. This brought so large a demand upon the Office at the close of the Quarter that I have not been able before now to register all the Certificates presented, & to compleat my quarterly return.… I...
Boston, April 27, 1791. “I wrote you 9th instant. I am this minute favoured with your Circular Letter 16th instant. I have disposed of all the Treasury Drafts.…” LC , RG 53, Massachusetts State Loan Office, Letter Book, 1785–1791, National Archives. Circular not found.
Boston, February 9, 1791. “As I understand all public papers must pass under cover to you, this incloses a duplicate receipt for Certificates received from the Registers and letter to the Auditor respecting cancelled Certifts & Indents forwarded to him by this Post.…” LC , RG 53, Massachusetts State Loan Office, Letter Book, 1785–1791, Vol. “259–M,” National Archives.
[ Boston, December 22, 1790. On April 28, 1791, Hamilton wrote to Appleton and referred to “your letter of the 22nd December.” Letter not found. ]
Boston, February 23, 1791. Acknowledges receipt of Hamilton’s letters of February 8 and 14, 1791. Will carry out instructions in those letters. Encloses “Duplicate rec’t for Certifts received from the Registers 12 instant & first receipt of Ditto rec’d 23 instant.” Will “inquire respecting the Sale of Bills on New York or Philadelphia.” LC , RG 53, Massachusetts State Loan Office, Letter Book,...
[ Boston ] February 2, 1795 . Requests his salary “as Commissioner of the United States Loan Office in the State of Massachusetts, for the Quarter ending 31st Decemr. 1794.” ALS , RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 6454, National Archives. This letter is incorrectly addressed to H as Secretary of the Treasury. He had resigned from that position on January 31, 1795,...
Boston, April 9, 1791. Sends “Names of persons to whom some of the … [Treasury] drafts were directed.” States that Hamilton’s “special Letter 24th March … and … Circular Letter 25th March are this minute come to hand.” Has complied with the instructions in Hamilton’s letter of March 17, 1791 . LC , RG 53, Massachusetts State Loan Office, Letter Book, 1785–1791, Vol. “259–M,” National Archives....
From the publication of the Secratery at war it appear nesasery for me to Report why I am absent from my Regt. I have never Reced. any orders since I Reced. the appointment, althoug h I have Twice wrote on to the war Office, I am now In compleat Readiness and wait your Orders I am sir, with great Respect your Obt. Hunbl. Servt. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ALS [with minor...
From the Notice by the Secratery at War I found It nesasery for me to Report myself to you, which notice I immediately complied with. and have Reced. a Letter Which from the direction appeared to have Come from your hand, but had no name Signed to it, which I Suspected had been a Neglect, however be that as it may, I can only Inform you as I have before that I am in perfect Readiness I would...
It is with pleasure I (in my Father’s Absence) acknowledge the reciept of your kind Epistle for which I return my unfeigned thanks, I have been informed by a Gentleman who hath lately returned from Philadelphia that I stand second Candidate upon the list for Surgeon’s Mate, I hope it will not be long before the Appointments take place as I am extreemly anxious to enter into the Service, Any...
Fort Mifflin [ on Mud Island in the Delaware River ] October 26 [ 1777 ]. Discusses plans for defence of Fort Mifflin. ALS , MS Division New York Public Library. This letter is in French. There is no addressee on the MS. In unidentified handwriting on the last page the following is written, “Col Hamilton Col John Larens.” The contents of the letter indicate that it was written to someone at...
Je suis arrivé hier au soir d’aupres de kingbridge; le gnl. howe desirant avoir des nouvelles sures de l’ennemy je me suis trouvé obligé de faire unne tres longue marche, par ces raisons je n’ai reçu vôttre lettre que ce matin et je m’empresse d’y repondre. Mr. de wanderburgh consent dites vous que le jugement de la Court martialle soit fait sur le rapport de la Cour d’enquiery. Vous me...
[ Near Fredericksburg, New York ] November 5, 1778 . Needs equipment and money with which to pay troops. Asks for certificate of service from Washington. ALS , George Washington Papers, Library of Congress . ; copy, Columbia University Libraries.
I would not have troubled you at present had I not been solicited by Letter from Wm. S. Livingstons friends Since I saw you to address you on the subject of his application for a Midshipmans place in the Navy—But what Mrs. Armstrong told me you said to her on that head gives me full confidence that nothing will be wanting on your part should that subject come before you while at Phia....
Permit me Sir to intrude so fancy to call your attention for a moment on a subject that to me is very interesting. In a report I made to Gel. Knox the 21st of February last a copy of which I am told was sent to your Office, I stated some facts relative to the Conduct of the late contractors, and having since learnt that they have by some means procured certificates contradicting this report, I...
The Bearer James Gray is the Regimental Taylor I mentioned to you; he informs me that he has been accustomd to work for the British Troops at Montreal & I employed him in making the Cloathing for, the Rifle Compy. with which I was perfectly satisfied. Shoud you have any proposals to make to him I dare say you will find him ready to enter into such as you may think best for the Public Service—...
New York, March 13, 1799. “… May I presume to request your good Offices in recommending my Brother in Law Mr Charles Ramsay” as American consul “at the Havannah.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Armstrong was a New York City merchant. Ramsay, an American merchant who lived in Havana, was not appointed consul. On June 29, 1799, during the recess of the Senate, John Morton of New...
The Heart which is Concious of its Own rectitude, Cannot attempt to paliate a Step, which the World may Censure as wrong; I have ever acted from a Principle of Love to my Country, since the Commencement of the present unhappy Contest between Great Britain and the Colonies, the same principle of Love to my Country Actuates my present Conduct, however it may appear Inconsistent to the World: who...
[ East Greenwich, Rhode Island, October 29, 1790. On December 13, 1790, Hamilton wrote to Arnold : “Your letter of the 29th. October has been received.” Letter not found. ] Arnold was surveyor of the port of East Greenwich.
The Collector of this district has this day Furnished me with an Extract of your letter to him requiring notice to be transmitted to the Collectors from Boston to New York of my delinquency in the payment of a Bond given in his Office, to Prevent my obtaining Credit Elsewhere “ in Evasion of the Law .” This official Direction Sir, to the Collectors of this port I presume could not be given...
[ St. Eustatius, December 10, 1771 . On January 21, 1772, Hamilton wrote to Ashburner: “I received yours Dated Decemr. 10th.” Letter not found .]
On the 29th of July last I enlisted a Man by the Name of Samuel Wolcott, soon after I had enlisted him and before he was taken before the Majistrate he informed me that he wish’d to be Absent for Three days, but would return in Season to attest—he however did not return, untill about 9 days had elapsed—at which time he declined taking the Oath, or any Bounty or emoluments from the United...
New York, February 27, 1789. A newspaper writer who signed himself “A Spectator” reported that Hamilton stated at a political meeting in New York City: “that as the residence of Congress would doubtless be esteemed a matter of some import to the city of NewYork, and as it would certainly be contended for— Our representative should be a man well qualified in oratory to prove, that this city is...
[ April 20, 1804. “Probably it will be wholly out of our power to induce Mr. Van Vorst, from whom we purchased, to accept to any other property instead of a mortgage of the premises to secure his annuity, and he will certainly not allow it to be extinguished by accepting any equivalent. We are therefore obliged to provide the best security to purchasers which the case will admit, and we are...
[ April 19, 1804. “Sometime since Powles Hook was purchased for our mutual benefit from Mr. Van Vorst at a rent charge upon the whole of $6000 per annum forever. We have agreed to lay it out into town lots and dispose of it to purchasers, receiving a rent charge upon each lot. We are desirous to give to each purchaser a good and sufficient deed of conveyance, and also to provide for the...
The [New York] Argus. Greenleaf’s New Daily Advertiser , December 27, 1796. In reprinting this handbill signed by “A True American,” the Argus stated that on December 13, 1796, “three thousand of the following hand-bill were slily pushed under the knockers and doors of the citizens under cover of the darkness of the night.” The Argus suggests, but does not categorically state, that H wrote...
New York, November, 1785. “You have herewith the papers relating to the dispute with Mr. Rhinelander, but lest the business should still be treated with the same trifling attention it has hitherto had, I beg you to press for an explicit answer whether Mr. Rhinelander is seriously disposed to bring it to a hearing.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Auldjo was a partner of the house...
New York, April 18, 1788. Backhouse on this date made the last entry in an account which he had kept with Hamilton who was acting as agent and legal representative for John B. Church. The account deals with bills of exchange which Backhouse discounted for Church. The first entry is February 18, 1788, the last April 18, 1788. D , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. William Backhouse was a...
Thine of the 26th. of last Mo. I received & set about with much chearfulness to comply with thy request, but thou’l be perhaps surprised at hearing that most of the people in these parts have got into such a spirit of Jealousy that they suspect some design unfavorable to them in every thing that is attempted of a public nature. “What are they going to Tax our Cloath too” was the reply of...
Poughkeepsie [ New York ] January 17, 1786 . Sends information concerning a litigation about which Hamilton had written to Bailey on November 20, 1785. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found.
This may Certify that Mr. Henry Collins, son of Tyrannus & Abigail Collins late of Richmond in the County of Berkshire & Commonwealth of Massachusetts was Born in said Richmond on the eighteenth day of October AD 1783 as appears from the Records of said Town of Richmond. ADS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
The Committee, appointed in pursuance of the inclosed resolutions, have directed me to make you acquainted with the business of their appointment. Whilst they assure themselves of your chearful co-operation in giving the fullest effect to the wishes of the House, they are desirous it should be done, in a manner, least troublesome to yourself, and most accommodated to your wishes. The Committee...
The Committee appointed to enquire into the state of the Treasury Department, have come to a resolution, which they have directed me to send to you. I have the honor to be,   with great respect,   Sir,   Your obedt: Servt. Copy, RG 233, Papers of the Select Committee Appointed to Examine the Treasury Department, Third Congress, National Archives. For background to this letter, see the...
Resolved, that it would be satisfactory to the Committee, that the paper submitted to them, April 1st 1794, by the Secy. of the Treasury, respecting the point of authority, under which, monies borrowed abroad, have been drawn to the United States, should be presented to the President of the United States; and that the Secretary should obtain from him, such declaration concerning the same, as...
[ New Haven, Connecticut, May 8, 1802. The dealer’s description of this letter reads: “Legal.” Letter not found. ] The Collector: A Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors , LIX, No. 1 (January, 1946), 20. Baldwin wrote this letter in reply to H to Baldwin, May 1, 1802 .
[ Baltimore, May 20, 1792 . On May 31, 1792, Hamilton wrote to Ballard and acknowledged “your letter of the 20th. instant.” Letter not found. ] Ballard was appointed inspector of the revenue for the port of Baltimore on March 8, 1792.
Accot. Sales of 50,000. Guilders, Government Bills on Amsterdam, at the Baltim Office of Disct. & Dept. Date Number. Purchasers. Amot. Guilds. Price ⅌ Guilder Time of Credit Principal in Dollars & Cents Interest in Dollars & Cents Total in
Resolved (if the Honorable the Assembly concur herein) that Robert R. Livingston, James Duane, Egbert Benson, Alexander Hamilton, Leonard Gansevoort and Robert C. Livingston Esquires, or any three of them, be Commissioners on the part of this State, to meet with such Commissioners, as are, or may be appointed by the other States in the Union; at such Time and place, as shall be agreed upon by...
SCHEDULE E Abstract of the Public Debt of the States Undermentioned, Agreeably to Statements Transmitted in Pursuance of the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the 21st of September, 1789. Massachusetts Dollars.   Cents. Principal with interest to the 1st day of Nov. 1789. £. 1,548,040 7 9 Lawful. Due to sundries for which no certificates have yet been issued,     20,000     Total,...
New York, July 12, 1796. “I am content to dispense with Mrs. Rickets giving the Security you mention in your Note. As Executors, Mr Livingston & Myself have paid her Considerable Sums without thinking that kind of Security Necessary.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Bancker was treasurer of the State of New York. See James Ricketts to H, June 24, 1796 . Philip Livingston.
[ August 5, 1782. The last item on the “List of Papers delivered by Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Tillotson Esquire relative to the office of Receiver of Taxes for the state of New York,” November 10, 1782 , was described as a “letter from Mr. Banker state Treasurer dated August 5th. 1782 informing of what was to be expected from the state.” Letter not found. ]