George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 17 April 1791

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Department [Philadelphia] 17 April 1791. Informs GW of the death of the comptroller of the Treasury, whose “loss is sincerely to be regretted as that of a good officer and an honorable & amiable man.”1

ADf, CtHi: Oliver Wolcott, Jr., Papers; LB, DLC:GW.

1Nicholas Eveleigh, whom GW had named comptroller on 11 Sept. 1789, had been in poor health since he took office, and Eveleigh’s chief clerk, Joseph Hardy, was performing the comptroller’s functions since at least March 1791 (see Hamilton to Commissioners of Loans, 9 Mar., in Syrett, Hamilton Papers, description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends 8:169). Even before Eveleigh’s death on 16 April, applicants began presenting themselves for the impending vacancy. See Christopher Richmond to GW, 7 Mar. 1791.

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