Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to the President and Directors of the Bank of New York, 4 October 1790

To the President and Directors of the
Bank of New York1

Treasury Department
October 4th 1790


The indisposition of the Comptroller of the Treasury2 renders it necessary for me to ask your acquiescence in the following temporary arrangement for the discharge of Monies payable at the Treasury.

I propose that the Warrants signed by me shall be presented to you for payment from time to time by individuals to whom the Monies are due or by their lawful Attornies. It is my request that you discharge the same as they shall be presented which I hereby authorise you to charge to the United States though in a distinct account from that now kept with the Treasurer.3 You will take the endorsements of the persons receiving the Monies which must be those to whom the Warrants are payable or their lawful Attorneys. In the latter case the power of Attorney duly authenticated must be left with you annexed to the Warrant, and I recommend for the more perfect safety of the United States & your institution that whenever a doubt occurs with regard to the sufficiency of a Power reference be made to me.

On the recovery of the Comptrollers health due formality shall be immediately given to these transactions. Your advances in this way will of course not be expected to exceed the amount of public money in deposit with you.4

I am   Gentlemen   very respectfully   Your Most Obedient Servant

Alexander Hamilton
Secretary of the Treasury

The President Directors & Company of the Bank of New York

LS, The Andre deCoppet Collection, Princeton University Library.

1Isaac Roosevelt was president of the Bank of New York.

2Nicholas Eveleigh.

3The words “though in a distinct account from that now kept with the Treasurer” are in H’s handwriting.

4This sentence is in H’s handwriting.

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