Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson, 30 August 1790

From Thomas Jefferson

New York Aug. 30. 1790

Dear Sir

During my absence from the seat of government, which will be for about two months, the removal of my office and other circumstances will call for advances of money which I am absolutely unable to calculate before hand. The following heads may give some idea what they will be.

Sep. 30. for a quarter’s salaries 1504.16
Arrearage account about
debts due here about
expences of removal1

Thus unable to fix a precise sum, and having perfect confidence in the discretion of mr Remsen,2 I must beg the favor of you to have his draughts for the above purposes answered at the treasury, on account, and I hereby render myself responsible for the due application of the money of which an account shall be rendered, on my return.

The collections of the acts of the last sessions are to be sent to the members of Congress by post, and ought to be franked; but I shall not be present to perform that duty. If you would be so good as to frank the packets, I shall be much obliged to you. I know of no other official papers to be dispatched in my absence. Yet if any such should occur, I would venture to ask your extending the same favor to them also, on mr Remsen’s explaining to you the nature of the occasion. I have the honor to be wtih the most perfect esteem & respect   Dear Sir your most obedt. humble servt.

Th: Jefferson

The Secretary of the Treasy.

LS, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.

1This refers to the transfer of the government from New York City to Philadelphia.

2Henry Remsen, Jr., was the chief clerk of the Department of State.

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