To Edmund Randolph
July 7th. 1794
If you will pay the nine Hundred Dollars concerning the payment to Mr. Skipwith to the Cashier of the Bank of the United States3 and declare the object of the payment, that matter will be put right.4 The advance by the Bank was informal & has not come upon the Treasury Books.5
With respect and Esteem I have the honor to be Sir, Your Obedient Servant
The Secretary of State.
LS, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
1. Letter not found.
3. John Kean.
On July 12, 1794, Randolph wrote the following statement: “When Fulwar Skipwith was here, the Secretary of the Treasury paid me as Secretary of State nine hundred dollars to discharge his account. Afterwards a warrant was sent to me as attorney of F. Skipwith from the Treasury department, for nine hundred and ninety five dollars. My letters to Col. Hamilton shew, why I received it, and all the particulars. In consequence of his opinion, Mr. Taylor has this day replaced to the credit of Col. Hamilton the nine hundred dollars abovementioned, the other ninety five I am accountable to Skipwith for, as per his agreement signed in the office.” Below this statement is the following note by George Taylor, Jr., chief clerk in the State Department: “I hereby certify that I this day paid to Mr. Kean Cashier of the Bank of the United States the sum of nine hundred dollars for the purpose expressed in the above note, who promised to place the same to the credit of Col. Hamilton” (LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 7, June 27–November 30, 1794, National Archives).
5. This sentence is in H’s handwriting.