Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Clinton, 16 July 1782

To George Clinton

Poughkepsie [New York] July 16. 1782


I have the honor to inclose Your Excellency the copy of a warrant1 from The Honorable Robert Morris Esqr. Superintendant of the Finances of the United States; by which you will perceive that agreeable to the resolution of Congress of the 2d. of November last, he has appointed me Receiver of the Continental Taxes for this state. I am therefore to request that the Legislature will be pleased to vest in me the authority required by that resolution.

It is a part of my duty to explain to the Legislature from time to time the views of the Superintendant of Finance in persuance of the orders of Congress that they may be the better enabled to judge of the measures most proper to be adopted for an effectual cooperation. For this purpose I pray Your Excellency to impart my request, that I may have the honor of a conference with a Committee of the two houses, at such time and place as they may find convenient.2

I have the honor to be    With perfect respect & esteem    Yr. Excellency’s Most Obed Ser

Alex Hamilton

His Excellency Governor Clinton

ADfS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ALS, the Reverend David H. Coblentz, Clover, South Carolina.

2On July 16, 1782, Clinton transmitted H’s letter with its enclosure to the New York Senate. A committee of the Senate composed of Ephraim Paine, William Floyd, and Isaac Roosevelt, was appointed to confer with H on the subject of his letter and directed to report the result of the conference to the Senate. In the afternoon of the same day the letter was transmitted by the Senate to the Assembly. The letter was referred to a committee consisting of Robert Harpur, John Lansing, Jr., Ezra L’Hommedieu, William Malcom, Nathaniel Tom, Henry Williams, Thomas Thomas, John Stagg, Cornelius Humphrey, Zephaniah Batchelor, and Joseph McCracken. Neither the journal of the Senate nor that of the Assembly, however, contains references to a report of the committees (New York Senate Journal description begins Journal of the Senate of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1786). description ends , 1782, 84; New York Assembly Journal description begins Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York (Publisher and place vary, 1782–1786). description ends , 1782, 112).

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