From Samuel Meredith
Philada Sept. 16th 1789
The very flattering marks of your attention to me demand my most grateful acknowledgement, which with the utmost sincerity I now offer you; I am afraid you have viewed my Abilities with too friendly an Eye, but depend upon it whatever they are, they will be exerted to the utmost, and that the strictest integrity and attention to the duties of my office shall in some measure justify your choice—I should have thanked you in person this Evening had not Mr Duer delivered me a letter from the Secy of the Treasury desiring me to asist him in a negotiation with the Bank.1 Mrs Meredith joins me in respectful Compts to yourself and Mrs Washington. Beleive me to be with great truth Sr Your Most obedient humble Servt
ALS, DNA:PCC, item 78.
For Samuel Meredith’s application for office and his first appointment as surveyor for the port of Philadelphia, see his letter to GW, 23 Feb. 1789. On 11 Sept. GW appointed him treasurer of the United States.
1. Hamilton wrote Meredith in Philadelphia, 13 Sept., stating that Assistant Secretary of the Treasury William Duer was on his way to Philadelphia to procure a loan from the Bank of North America and requesting Meredith’s assistance (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 5:369).