Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Short, 16 October 1792

To William Short

Treasury Department
Philadelphia October 16th 1792


There being a Vessel in port ready to sail for Amsterdam, I take the opportunity to enclose you triplicates of my letters of the 13th Ultimo and 1st instant, and to note to you that I have directed the Treasurer to draw upon our Commissioners1 at Amsterdam for one hundred thousand guilders, in addition to the sums mentioned in my letter of the 25th of July.

This I have done in consequence of a persuasion that the late events in France will have interrupted payments to that Country.2I shall however forbear further draughts ’till I receive further advices.

I also enclose a letter to our Minister in France which I request you to forward to him.3

With great consideration and esteem,   I have the honor to be, Sir,   Your Obedt Servant

Alexander Hamilton

William Short Esqr
Minister Resident of the United States at the Hague

LS, William Short Papers, Library of Congress. A copy of this letter was enclosed in H’s “Report on Foreign Loans,” February 13, 1793.

1Willink, Van Staphorst, and Hubbard.

2For the difficulties involved in the payments on the American debt to France after the suspension of the King on August 10, 1792, see Gouverneur Morris to H, September 25, 1792; Short to H, September 25, 1792.

3Letter not found.

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