George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 14 March 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia March 14. 1794.


The director of the mint informs me, in the inclosed letter of the 12th instant, that the treasurer is in advance to a considerable amount: that sixteen hundred dollars will be sufficient, up to the first of April next, and three thousand more, up to the first of July. I called upon Mr Rittenhouse, and represented to him, that it would be better to go no farther at present, than the 1600 dollars; and to furnish the supply for the succeeding quarter at the beginning and middle of it. He acceded to the idea. I believe, sir, that you have the form of a warrant on such an occasion.1

Supposing, that no objection remains to the granting of Mr Cox’s commission, I shall direct it to be prepared for your approbation.2 I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect yr. mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters.

1David Rittenhouse’s letter to Randolph of 12 March has not been identified. For GW’s directive to pay Rittenhouse $2,600, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 18 March.

2For GW’s nomination of Albion Cox as the assayer of the Mint, see his letter to the U.S. Senate, 3 April. GW signed Cox’s commission, which has not been identified, on 5 April (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 297).

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