Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, 15 January 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department January 15th 1793


Major Rochefontaine has presented at the Treasury an authenticated copy of a Register Certificate in his favour, from which it appears, that the original has been deposited with Mr. Delamotte, vice consul of the united States at Havre in France.

It being necessary, that the Treasury should be in possession of the original certificate, I have in the enclosed letter desired Major Rochefontaine to cause it to be forwarded hither. This letter will probably be transmitted to Havre, and will therefore require to be authenticated by your signature; it being presumed, that mine is not familiar to the Consul. I request some proper Memorandum on the inclosed for this purpose.1

It will be requisite, that Mr. Delamotte and other consuls and Vice Consuls of the U States2 should be directed to forbear in future taking any deposits of original certificates of the like nature. This direction I conceive will come properly from your department. I have the honor to be very respectfully Sir Your obedt Servt

Alexander Hamilton

RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, with additions by Hamilton and signed by him; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State.” Enclosure not found. Enclosed in the following letter.

Instead of affixing some proper memorandum on the inclosed, TJ apparently decided to send a letter to Delamotte of this date (see note to Rochefontaine to TJ, [15 Jan. 1793]). No instructions from TJ to American consuls regarding their receipt of deposits of original certificates has been found.

1Preceding sentence in Hamilton’s hand.

2Preceding ten words interlined by Hamilton.

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