Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 23 December 1794

From Tench Coxe

Treasury Department, Revenue Office, December 23, 1794. In answer to “enquiries … made by a committee of the house of Representatives relative to the clerks in the public offices,”1 lists the clerks in his office, their duties, and their compensations.

LC, RG 58, Letters of Commissioner of Revenue, 1794–1795, National Archives.

1On December 17, 1794, the House of Representatives appointed a select committee composed of Thomas FitzSimons of Pennsylvania, John S. Sherburne of New Hampshire, John Watts, Jr. of New York, William Lyman of Massachusetts, and Anthony New of Virginia” to inquire into the establishment of Clerks in the several Departments, and to report a plan for ascertaining the number necessary to be permanently employed in each, and their compensations” (Journal of the House description begins Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States (Washington, 1826), I, II, III. description ends , II, 269). This committee’s report, which was submitted to the House on February 6, 1795, consisted of several lists with the proposed number of clerks for each department and the proposed salary for each clerk (LC, RG 233, Records of the United States House of Representatives, “Transcribed Copies of Reports and Papers of Various Select Commitees,” National Archives). No evidence has been found that the House acted on this report.

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