From Samuel Meredith
New York Augst 13, 1790
My own affairs requiring my immediate attendance at Philada, which I communicated to the Secretary of the Treasury, and he is of opinion that I can be spared at this time with greater convenience than at any other, taking care to arrange my matters in such a way that the occasional business of the Office may meet with no delay, which I shall provide against,1 If under these circumstances you should have no objection to my Journey, I shall with your permission set out on Monday Morng &
should be happy to execute any Commands you may have. I have the honor to be with Perfect respect Sir Your Most Obedient Servt
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.
Samuel Meredith was the treasurer of the United States from September 1789 to December 1807. GW frequently visited his New York City home for dinner and tea (see Clement Biddle to Tobias Lear, 22 Nov. 1789, n.2; Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:181, 284, 331, 5:170, 239).
1. The secretary of the treasury recalled Meredith to New York on 28 Aug. 1790 for consultations on “An Act making Provision for the Reduction of the Public Debt” (Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 6:576).