Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson, 26 August 1791

To Thomas Jefferson

Aug 26. 91

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the Secretary of State. He returns the draft of Ratification1 with some alterations to conform more accurately to the fact which are submitted. The Secretary of State will recollect that there is another loan (the contract for which was also forwarded to him) concluded by Messrs. Willinks & Van Staphorsts & of which likewise a Ratification is desired.2 To possess the Secretary of State fully of the nature of the powers & course of the transactions in both cases, the drafts of the powers as well to the Commissioners as to Mr. Short are sent herewith.3 When the Secretary of State has done with them he will please to return them.

AL, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.

1This was the ratification of the contract for a loan which had been negotiated by Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard in January, 1790, and approved by H in August, 1790. It is dated September 1, 1791 (LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; this document is printed in GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XXXI, 353–54).

2This was the Holland loan of March, 1791, which was negotiated by William Short with Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard. The ratification of it was also issued by the President on September 1, 1791 (LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).

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