Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Alexander Hamilton, 10 July [1793]

From Alexander Hamilton

July 10 [1793]

The Secretary of the Treasury presents his Compliments to the Secretary of State. He has signed the Counterpart; but for the present leaves in the words as a privateer to consider jointly of some substitute the kind of vessel not being wholly indifferent and there being a doubt whether the general words would be descriptive enough.

The letter supposed to have been received from the Commissioner of loans cannot be found. Yet the impression is so strong of one of the import mentioned to Mr. Jefferson having been received … that the reality of it is scarcely doubted. This inference too is confirmed by the circumstance that no answer to the letter to the Commissioner appears on file and it is utterly unlikely that it should have remained so long unanswered. A Duplicate will go by tomorrow’s Post. It is regretted that the Doubt cannot now be cleared up.

RC (DLC); partially dated; ellipsis in original; endorsed by TJ as received 11 July 1793, but recorded in SJL as received the day before.

The Counterpart was the fair copy of Cabinet Opinions on the Little Sarah, 8 July 1793; see the note to that document for the dispute over the words As a Privateer. For the misplaced letter from the Commissioner of loans for Virginia, see Enclosure No. 1 listed at Hamilton to TJ, 26 July 1793.

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