George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Alexander Hamilton, 21 March 1794

To Alexander Hamilton

United States, 21 Mar. 1794.

Pay to the Secretary of State, in pursuance of the Act providing for the relief of such of the Inhabitants of St Domingo, resident within the U.S. as may be found in want of support, two thousand dollars;1 to be by him remitted to the Committee at Baltimore, appointed to superintend the unfortunate people of the above description at that place.2

Geo: Washington


1For this law, see “An Act providing for the relief of such of the inhabitants of Saint Domingo, resident within the United States, as may be found in want of support,” 12 Feb. (Stat description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends . 6:13). On the allocation of money to Baltimore, see Edmund Randolph to GW, 27 Feb. (first and second letters) and 19 March.

2On the state committee appointed by the Maryland legislature to oversee relief efforts, and the attempts by local citizens to provide relief for the French refugees residing in Baltimore, see William Patterson et al. to GW, 30 Jan., and notes 1 and 2.

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