Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 29 October 1795

From Oliver Wolcott, Junior

Phila. Oct. 29. 1795

Dr. Sir

I send you abstracts of all the payments to the President to the present time.1 It is a fact that more money has been at times advanced than was due for service, but never a Dollar for which there was no Appropriation.

The villany of the suggestion against the President has induced me to reply to the Calm Observer on the 26th. & 28th.2 You will see what I have said & the inclosed papers will enable you to add anything which you think proper. I have not time to day to ascertain whether any advance by the Bank was ever granted.3 You know that the Compensation to both Houses of Congress has been paid in advance frequently.

Yrs truly

Oliv. Wolcott Jr.

A. Hamilton Esqr

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

2For Wolcott’s reply to “A Calm Observer,” see H to Washington, October 26, 1795, note 1. Wolcott’s reply was answered by “A Calm Observer” on October 27, 1795, in the [Philadelphia] Aurora. General Advertiser. Wolcott wrote a brief reply on October 28, 1795, in which he argued that the President had never received more compensation than that allowed by Congress ([Philadelphia] Aurora. General Advertiser, October 28, 1795). Another reply, which was signed by “A Calm Observer,” appeared in the [Philadelphia] Aurora. General Advertiser on October 29, 1795.

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