Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Jay, 15 December 1789

From John Jay

New York 15th. December 1789.

Dr. Sir

The bearer will herewith deliver to you a Book1 of accounts transmitted to me by Mr. Jefferson, and which in my opinion should be deposited in your office.

With great esteem and regard &c.

John Jay

LC, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.

1An asterisk was placed at this point and the words “of Silas Deane” inserted as a footnote. Deane was one of the congressional agents sent to France at the outset of the Revolution to procure supplies for the American army. In 1778 he was recalled because some members of Congress believed Arthur Lee’s charge that Deane had dishonestly profited from his dealings with the French. Two years later he returned to Europe, and in 1781 he urged reconciliation between the United States and Great Britain. He was accused of being a Tory, and until his death on September 23, 1789, he lived in Europe in exile.

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