From William Skinner1
United States Loan Office [Hillsboro]
North Carolina, July 22nd. 1791.
The Governor of this State2 with the advice of his Council two days past, Entered into a Resolution directing the Comptroller3 to subscribe for; and Deposite in my Office in behalf of the State, all the Certificates of this States Debt, which are in the Comptroller’s office, as well those punched as unpunched; This I consider to be in direct opposition to a paragraph in your circular Letter of the first of November last which says that it is an Erroneous Idea that a State can become a Subscriber for a proportion of that part of the Debt which has been Assumed; from the construction which I put on this part of your Letter. I think I can by no means admit of such a Subscription; I therefore wish your imediate direction how I am to govern myself in this matter.
I am most respectfully Your most Obedient Servant.
The Honble. Alexander Hamilton Esqre.
Copy, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh. This letter was enclosed in H’s “Report to the Governor of North Carolina,” July 31, 1794.
1. Skinner was appointed commissioner of loans for North Carolina on August 7, 1790. He had served in the same capacity under the Continental Congress from December 13, 1785, until December, 1789.
2. Alexander Martin.
3. Francis Child.