Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Pollock, 15 February 1792

From Oliver Pollock1

[Philadelphia, February 15, 1792. “Warrant No. 1566 in favour of Don Joseph De viar and Don Joseph De Jaudennes2 Commissioners of his most Catholic Majesty dated 28. February 1792 [was issued] agreeably to a Letter of 15 Feby. 1792 from … O. Pollock to the Secy. of the Treasury [for] 74.087.”3 Letter not found.]

1During the American Revolution Pollock had served as an agent at New Orleans for the Continental Congress. In the decade following the war both the Continental Congress and the state of Virginia repeatedly refused to pay the debts which Pollock had incurred in support of the Revolution (James Alton James, Oliver Pollock: The Life and Times of an Unknown Patriot [New York, 1937], 1–20, 269–345). The largest single account that Pollock had charged against Congress was for a loan made to the United States during the war by the Spanish governor of Louisiana, Don Bernardo de Gálvez, for which Pollock was held responsible (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXI, 1107; XXIV, 234–38, 323, 531–32; letters concerning the Gálvez account may be found in the Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives). In 1791 Congress passed “An Act making Appropriations for the Support of Government for the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two,” which provided “For payment of the principal and interest on a liquidated claim of Oliver Pollock, late commercial agent of the United States, at New Orleans, for supplies of clothing, arms, and military stores, during the late war, one hundred and eight thousand, six hundred and five dollars, and two cents: Provided, That the said monies be not paid to the said Oliver Pollock, without the consent of the agents of the court of Spain” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 227 [December 23, 1791]). Pollock’s accounts may be found in RG 39, Blotters of the Register of the Treasury, 1782–1810, National Archives.

2Josef de Viar and Josef de Jaudennes were agents for Spanish interests in Philadelphia.

3D, dated December 31, 1792, RG 39, Blotters of the Register of the Treasury, 1782–1810, National Archives.

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