Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Edmund Randolph, 16 May 1794

From Edmund Randolph1

[Philadelphia] May 16, 1794. “The Secretary of State, not thinking that the million of dollars, mentioned in the note of the Secretary of the Treasury this morning,2 are applicable to the objects of Mr. Skipwith, begs the favor of him to send by the bearer a letter to the Bank for the informal advance of the sum of nine hundred dollars to be replaced, as mentioned in the Secretary of State’s former letter of this date.”

LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2-June 26, 1794, National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see the first letter from Randolph to H, May 16, 1794.

2Letter not found. H presumably had suggested that Skipwith’s expenses should be paid out of the sum of one million dollars which Congress had authorized the President to spend in defraying diplomatic expenses (“An Act making further provision for the expenses attending the intercourse of the United States with foreign nations; and further to continue in force the act intituled ‘An act providing the means of intercourse between the United States and foreign nations’” [1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 345 (March 20, 1794)]).

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