George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 14 August 1793

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Departmt Augt 14. 1793.

The Secretary of the Treasury has the honor respectfully to communicate to The President of the United States the copy of a letter which has this moment been received from the Collector of this port, informing of the arrival of two prizes sent in by the privateers Citizen Genet & Carmagnole.1

A. Hamilton


1The letter from Sharp Delany, the collector for the port of Philadelphia, to Hamilton has not been identified. On 10 Aug., the Citoyen Genet captured the British sloop Hope of Antigua off the coast of Virginia. The sloop arrived at Philadelphia on 14 August. On 12 Aug., the Carmagnole, with the assistance of the Petite Démocrate, seized the British Brig Nancy while on a voyage from Jamaica to Philadelphia. This brig departed Philadelphia on 14 Aug., and in early September it was seized at the port of New London, Conn., by a contingent of state militia in anticipation of restoring the brig to its rightful owner (Henry Knox to Thomas Jefferson, 9 Sept., George Hammond to Jefferson, 23 Dec. 1793, 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 , 27:72–73, 611–12; General Advertiser [Philadelphia], 15 Aug. 1793).

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