Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Tench Coxe, 1 May 1790

To Tench Coxe

New York, May 1st, 1790.

Dear Sir,

I have just received your letter of the 27th of April.1 Yours of the 6th of the same month2 also came to hand in due time; though peculiar reasons prevented an earlier acknowledgment of it.

The appointment of his assistant is, by the act establishing the treasury department, vested in the secretary himself. The conviction I have of your usefulness in that station, and my personal regard for you, have determined me to avail myself of the offer of service which the last mentioned letter contains.3

The state of the public business under my care, is such as to make me desire to see you as soon as may consist with the dispositions which your change of situation will render necessary.

I am, with great regard and esteem, dear sir, your obedient servant,

A. Hamilton

Tench Coxe, Esq.

White, Samuel Slater description begins George S. White, Memoir of Samuel Slater, The Father of American Manufactures. Connected with a History of the Rise and Progress of the Cotton Manufacture in England and America (Philadelphia, 1836). description ends , 180–81; ALS, Papers of the Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1Letter not found.

2Letter not found.

3H selected Coxe as Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury to replace William Duer who had resigned. See H to Duer, April 4–7, 1790.

For Coxe’s appointment, see “Appointment of Tench Coxe as Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury,” May 10, 1790.

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