To Thomas Jefferson
[Philadelphia, July 10, 1793]
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his Compliments to the Secretary of State. He has signed the Counterpart; but for the present leaves in the words as a privateer to consider jointly of some substitute the kind of vessel not being wholly indifferent & there being a doubt whether the general words would be descriptive enough.1
The letter supposed to have been received from the Commissioner of loans cannot be found. Yet the impression is so strong of one of the import mentioned to Mr. Jefferson2 having been received that the reality of it is scarcely doubted. This inference too is confirmed by the circumstance that no answer to the letter to the Commissioner appears on file and it is utterly unlikely that it should have remained so long unanswered. A Duplicate will go by tomorrow’s Post. It is regretted that the Doubt cannot now be cleared up.
AL, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Although no letters between H and Jefferson on the letter in question have been found, this may be a reference to correspondence with John Hopkins, commissioner of loans for Virginia, concerning the disposal of William Short’s stock. See Jefferson to H, April 9, 1793. On July 16 Hopkins sent to H a duplicate of a letter of April 29, 1793, dealing with Short’s holdings.