Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Mifflin, 22 August 1791

To Thomas Mifflin1

Treasury Department, Aug. 22d, 1791.

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the Governor of Pennsylvania, and has the honor to inform him that the vacancy in the office of Auditor,2 is no impediment to the adjustment of the affair of the lands with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The only source of delay is a difference of opinion, concerning the Certificates in which payment is to be made; the Comptroller of the Treasury insisting that it ought to be in such certificates as bore interest at the time of the contract, and the Comptroller General of Pennsylvania offering the funded three per Cents in payment.

Samuel Hazard, ed., Pennsylvania Archives (Philadelphia, 1856), XII, 94.

1For background to this letter, see Mifflin to H, May 5, 1791, and the second letter H wrote to Mifflin, June 3, 1791.

2Nicholas Eveleigh, comptroller of the Treasury, had died on April 17, 1791. During the summer of 1791 Oliver Wolcott, Jr., the auditor of the Treasury, was appointed to succeed him (see H to George Washington, April 17, 1791; Washington to H, June 13, 1791). The appointment was confirmed by the Senate on November 7, 1791.

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