Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Hamilton, 12 July [1792]

To Alexander Hamilton

Philadelphia July 12. [1792]


By an act of Congress passed on the last day of their session it was made the duty of the Secretary of state to have seals prepared for the courts of the two Western governments, but nothing particular was said as to the resource for making payment for them. I have therefore to ask the favor of information from you whether there are any funds which you should think it justifiable to apply to the payment of these objects. I presume they will amount to several hundred dollars. I have the honor to be with great respect Sir your most obedt. and most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); partially dated; at foot of text: “The Secretary of the Treasury.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL).

TJ refers to section 5 of an act of congress “respecting the government of the Territories of the United States Northwest and South of the river Ohio,” passed 8 May 1792 (Annals, description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … Compiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title-page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends iii, 602).

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