Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, 14 July 1792

From Alexander Hamilton

Philadelphia July 14th. 1792


There are two funds out of which the expense you mention may be defrayed, one a sum originally of 10,000 Dollars, placed under the disposition of the President to defray the Contingent charges of government—another a sum of 5,000 Dollars appropriated at the last session to satisfy demands liquidated and admitted at the Treasury for which there was no special appropriation. In this Case the accounts for the seals must be presented to the Treasury for settlement. Some arrangement in one way or other can and will be made, if you procure the seals. I have the honor to be &c.

(signed) A. Hamilton

Tr (DNA: RG 217, MTA); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr., and certified by him as a true copy; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State.”

The two funds mentioned by the Secretary of the Treasury are described in Syrett, Hamilton, description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends xii, 36n. The Department of State eventually expended $257.60 to purchase seals for the Northwest and Southwest Territories, the expense mentioned in TJ’s letter to Hamilton of 12 July 1792 (Department of State Accounts, 7 Dec. 1792, in DNA: RG 217, MTA).

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