Alexander Hamilton Papers

Treasury Department Circular to the Commissioners of Loans, 31 August 1790

Treasury Department Circular
to the Commissioners of Loans

Treasury Department
August 31st 1790


The President of the United States having been pleased to appoint you to the Office of Commissioner of loans in virtue of the Act making provision for the debt of the United States, I transmit your Commission and a copy of the law1 under which you are to act. On the receipt of this letter you will proceed to qualify yourself for the duty, by taking the oath required, before one of the Judges of the supreme Court, or of the district court of the United States, or, if they should be absent or too remote, before one of the Judges of the superior court of your State, and by providing satisfactory Bondsmen not less than two in number to enter with you into a security in the sum of Ten thousand Dollars—for your good behaviour in the said office. I have written to the Attorney of the United States for the district in which you reside, requesting his consideration of the sureties you may offer, and I trust you will present to him such persons as are unexceptionable, that I may be able to declare them satisfactory. Any deficiency in the securities submitted to me must produce delay, and would consequently be injurious to the United States, and the public Creditors. You will find enclosed the form of the Bond to be signed by yourself and your sureties. In a short time I shall give you such further instructions, and directions as the law permits and the public Interests requires. I think it necessary however to apprise you, that during the reception of subscriptions to the Loan, which is to be made in the Certificates of the State debts, it will be necessary to the public safety, that you reside at the place where the checks and documents relative to the debt of your State are deposited.

I am, Sir, with respect, Your Obedt. Servant

A Hamilton
Secy of the Treasy

P.S. I find the Secretary of State has already transmitted your commission, so that it will not be found in this enclosure.2

LS, to Nathaniel Appleton, The Bostonian Society, Boston; LS, to Nathaniel Gilman, The Andre deCoppet Collection, Princeton University Library; LS, to Thomas Smith, The American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia; LS, to James Tillary, Delaware Historical Society, Wilmington.

1“An Act making provision for the (payment of the) Debt of the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 138–44 [August 4, 1790]).

2At the bottom of the letter sent to Gilman there is an additional postscript which reads: “P.S. It may be of consequence to your future convenience to know, that a great probability exists, that it will be found necessary to remove your Office to the principal seat of Commerce in your State, when the Loans shall be compleated.”

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