George Washington Papers

Alexander Hamilton to Tobias Lear, 25 May 1793

Alexander Hamilton to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] 25th May 1793.

Dear sir,

The proper fund for the payment of the enclosed is the 10,000 Dollars for defraying the contingent Expences of the Government.1 Will you add a few words directing it to be paid out of that fund.2 Yours

A: Hamilton

LB, DLC:GW.

1This enclosure, which has not been found, was from Richard Harrison, auditor of the U.S. Treasury, and concerned the reimbursement of James Seagrove for the expenses he had incurred during a diplomatic mission to St. Augustine, Fla., in 1791 to secure the return of runaway slaves (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 149). For this mission and the agreements reached by Seagrove with Juan Nepomuceno de Quesada, the Spanish governor of East Florida, see GW to Seagrove, 20 May 1791, and notes; the enclosures in Jefferson to Charles Pinckney and Edward Telfair, 15 Dec. 1791, Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends 22:407–8. For the U.S. government’s contingency fund, see Hamilton to GW, 24 Jan. 1793, and note 1.

2Lear produced a certificate verifying that Seagrove had gone to St. Augustine on the orders of GW, and Seagrove was paid $140 from the contingency fund on 29 May (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 149, 155).

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