From Abijah Hart
New Haven 21st April 1792
The establishment of a national Mint presents me an opportunity of petitioning your Excellency for the Office of Treasurer in that Department—Being disengaged from other Business, my wish will be to serve my Country, in that way, by faithfully discharging the Duties of my Station, so long as I may preserve the Confidence of the Public. My Character I submit to my friend the Hon. J. Hillhouse Esq.1 & shall gratefully acknowledge every public Favour. I am Sir, with the most perfect esteem your obedient and most humble Servant
By the time Hart next wrote GW, in the spring of 1796, he was a New York City merchant engaged in trade with Portugal (see Hart to GW, 13 June 1796, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). GW nominated Tristram Dalton treasurer of the U.S. Mint in May 1792, not Hart (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 3 May [second letter]).
1. James Hillhouse (1754–1832), a graduate of Yale College who had served in a military capacity during the Revolutionary War, was a member of the Connecticut state house of representatives 1780–85, the state council 1789–90, the U.S. House of Representatives 1791–96, and the U.S. Senate 1796–1810.