Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Gerard Bancker, [31 July 1782]

To Gerard Bancker1

[Albany, July 31, 1782]


I inclose you a copy of a warrant2 to me from The Superintendant of Finance on the Treasury of this State for the sum due the 1st day of April last as the first quarte[r]ly payment of the quota of the present year.3 I shall be obliged to you to inform me what appropriations have been made by the Legislature of the State on this account; and I am at the same time to request the payment of such monies as may now be in your hands for this purpose; as well as that you will take the most speedy and effectual measures so far as you are authorised to urge the collection of those taxes which have been imposed by the Legislature for the use of The United States.

I am with great consideration Sir Yr. most Obed serv

A Hamilton

E Banker Esq. Treasurer of the State

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Bancker, a merchant, had succeeded Peter Livingston as treasurer of the State of New York, a post which he retained until his death in 1798.

3On November 2, 1781, the Continental Congress estimated the revenue required for 1782 at eight million dollars and apportioned the sum among the states by quotas according to population. New York’s quota was set at $373,598. Quarterly requisitions were to be made for the amount due from each state (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXI, 1089–91).

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