Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Clay, 30 December 1789

From Joseph Clay1

Savannah, December 30, 1789. “I received your very obliging favour of the 2d. Octr last2 respecting a claim of the United States on me for a sum of money of the new emission & tho’ under the peculiar circumstances of this business I can’t think myself responsible yet ’tis my wish to see the United States secured in the same as soon as possible & shall do every thing in my power for that purpose. The person who received the money and appropriated it to his own use3 (as he says prompted by penury & want) is I am told at this time in very good circumstances & writes that he only waits to know what money will be received in payment & at what rate.…”

LC, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah.

1Clay was a Savannah merchant and planter who had served as paymaster general of the Continental Army in the Southern Department.

2Letter not found.

3A detailed account of this affair may be found in Clay to _____, August 9, 1789 (“Letters of Joseph Clay, Merchant of Savannah, 1776–1793,” Collections of the Georgia Historical Society [Savannah, 1913], VIII, 216–22).

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