From Richard Platt
New York December 14th. 1789.
Having received from my friend Major E. Haskell, your Excellency’s Certificate, of which the inclosed is a Copy, Observing with pleasure your safe arrival in Virginia, and apprehending it will be some considerable time, before your coming on to this place; I take the liberty of requesting the favor of you to transmit me the Certificates by Post, under cover either to the Chief Justice of the United States, or to the Secretary at War. I flatter myself, that my urgent Necessity for the want of the Certificates, will apologize to you, for this trouble. I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient, and most humble Servant,
RC (DLC). Recorded in SJL as received 14 Jan. 1790. Enclosure: TJ’s certificate dated at Paris, 10 Sep. 1789, that Edward Haskell had “put under Cover to Richard Platt Esquire of New-York” $150,000 of the liquidated debt of the United States, requesting him “to transmit the same with my Dispatches to that Country” (Tr in DLC: endorsed by TJ as received 14 Jan. 1790).