From Brockholst Livingston and Edward Greswold1
New York September 23rd. 1790
Please to pay to Mr. James Rivington or order Thirty One Pounds Twelve Shillings for the Sett of Pickerings Statutes2 purchased of him by the Trustees of the New York Society Library3 and which you have agreed to take of them for the Office of the Treasury of the United States.4
We are Sir, Your very obedt. Servants,
To the honorable Alexr. Hamilton Esqr
LS, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 1196, National Archives.
1. Greswold was a New York City attorney.
2. Danby Pickering, ed., The Statutes of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: The Statutes at Large, from Magna Charta to 46 George III, Vols. 1–46 (London: Printed by G. E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode, 1761–1806).
3. The New York Society Library, founded in 1754 and granted a charter by the Province of New York in 1772, was re-established by an act of the state legislature on February 18, 1789 (“An Act to remove doubts respecting the Charter granted to the members of the New-York Society Library” [New York Laws, 12th Sess., Ch. XXV]), and housed in the New York City Hall building where it served as a congressional library for the Federal Government.
Both Livingston and Greswold were appointed trustees of the library by the 1789 act.
It is, of course, still in existence.
4. At the bottom of this letter Tench Coxe, Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, wrote the following note to John Meyer, a clerk in the Treasury Department: “Pay the above out of the contingent monies in yr. hands.
Septr. 29th. 1790.”