Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Jean Baptiste de Ternant, 22 February 1792

To Jean Baptiste de Ternant1

Treasury Department
February 22d. 1792


I have the honor to acknowlege your letter of yesterday.

You will find enclosed warrants2 on the Treasurer for the sums you desire, that is to say, one in favour of yourself for Eight thousand three hundred and twenty five Dollars, the other in favour of Mr. De la forest, Vice Consul General of France for Twenty two thousand Dollars. The amounts of these warrants will be paid by the Treasurer at sight.

These sums will be liquidated into livres, as you desire, and the intrinsic par of the metals in the two countries will govern to operate as a payment on account of the debt due from the U States to your Government.

In making this payment I derive pleasure from the idea of any accomodation which may result from it at the particular conjuncture; and I assure you of a cordial disposition on my part to cooperate in any extension which may be requisite and practicable.

I have the honor to be with sincere sentiments of respect and esteem   Sir   Your obedient servant

Alexander Hamilton

Mr Ternant
Minister Plenipotentiary of France

ALS, Arch. des Aff. Etr., Corr. Pol., Etats-Unis description begins Transcripts or photostats from the French Foreign Office deposited in the Library of Congress. description ends , Supplement Vol. 20.

1For background to this letter, see Ternant to H, September 21, 1791, and H to Ternant, September 21, 1791.

2According to a table of the French debt included in H’s “Report on Foreign Loans,” which was sent to the House of Representatives on January 3, 1793, the warrants were dated February 21, 1792.

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