Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Short, 12 August 1793

To William Short1

Treasury Department August 12th 1793


It is thought expedient to take measures for obtaining a loan in Holland of three millions of florins; though it should not be obtainable on lower terms than five per cent interest and four per cent charges.

With a view to this, and not expecting your presence at the Hague, at the time this letter shall reach Holland, I have addressed the requisite instructions for the purpose, immediately to our commissioners at Amsterdam, a copy of which is here enclosed for your information.2 This will explain to you the particular motive which suggested the expediency of the loan in question.

I request a cooperation on your part in whatever may be necessary to give the business its proper form.

With repectful consideration & great esteem   I have the honor to be   Sir   Your obedient Servant

Alexander Hamilton

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

LS, William Short Papers, Library of Congress.

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