From Edmund Randolph
[Philadelphia] June 23, 1794. “E. Randolph presents his compliments to Col. Hamilton, and having this moment received his Note,1 respecting the French crowns, posterior to 1st Jany 17922 he has sent to the Director of the Mint,3 in order to have an interview upon the subject, and to communicate to Colonel Hamilton the result.”
LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2–June 26, 1794, National Archives.
1. Letter not found.
2. H’s enquiry related to “An Act regulating foreign Coins, and for other purposes” (February 9, 1793), which fixed the rates at which foreign gold and silver coins should “pass current as money within the United States.” French crowns were rated at $1.10. The act provided, however, that “no foreign crown that may have been, or shall be issued subsequent to the first day of January, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, shall be a tender as aforesaid” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 300–01).
3. David Rittenhouse.