Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from George Washington, [7 May 1792]

From George Washington

[Philadelphia, May 7, 1792]

For carrying into execution the provisions in that behalf made by the Act intitled, “An Act for raising a farther sum of money for the protection of the Frontiers, and for other purposes therein mentioned,”1 I do hereby authorise you the said Secretary of the Treasury to agree and contract with The President Directors & Company of the Bank of the United States, with any other body politic or corporate within the United States, or with any other person or persons, for a loan or loans to the United States of any sum or sums not exceeding in the whole Five hundred and twenty three thousand five hundred Dollars to be advanced & paid in such proportions and at such periods as you shall judge necessary for fulfilling the purposes of the said Act. Provided that the rate of interest of such loan or loans shall not exceed five per centum per annum, and that the principal thereof may be reimbursed at the pleasure of the United States. And I hereby promise to ratify what you shall lawfully do in the premises.2

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at the City of Philadelphia the seventh day of May in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety two.

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LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

11 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 259–63 (May 2, 1792).

2The loan was ratified on June 5, 1792 (D, Register of Acts of the Federal Congress and Communications Received by the Department of State, 1790–1795, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives).

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