To Edmond Charles Genet
Philadelphia May 25. 1793
Mr. Hamilton presents his Compliments to Mr. Genet—has the honor to inclose him a sketch of the state of payments on account of the three Millions for which an arrangement was made with Mr. Ternant1—shewing a sum yet to be paid of One hundred and seventy six thousand three hundred and Eighty three Dollars and Eight-Nine Cents, beyond those heretofore paid and those for which collateral engagements have been entered into by the Treasury. How far Mr. Ternant’s operations may have anticipated this ballance is a point unknown to Mr. Hamilton and concerning which Mr. Genet will no doubt have received precise information from Mr. Ternant.
The ballance still remaining to be paid of the 4000000 promised for St Domingo is not necessary to be specified for the immediate purpose; as it is understood to be pledged for the payment of the Bills drawn by the Administration of that Colony & virtually accepted by the late Consul-General of France2
AL, 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.
1. For information on the payment of three million livres to France, see Tobias Lear to H, February 8, 1793; “Cabinet Meeting. Opinion on Furnishing Three Million Livres Agreeably to the Request of the French Minister,” February 25, 1793; Jean Baptiste de Ternant to H, February 26, 1793; H to Ternant, February 26, 1793.
2. For background to United States advances for the relief of Santo Domingo and for a discussion of the bills issued by the administration of the colony, see the introductory note to George Latimer to H, January 2, 1793, and H to Ternant, January 13, 1793, note 2.