George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 5 May 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Treasury Dept May 5. 1794.


It appears to be the desire of the writers of the enclosed Letter, that it should be laid before you for your direction, which I accordingly do.1 I think the Embargo will operate upon the case, notwithstanding the ultimate destination of the vessel. With perfect respect &c.

A. Hamilton


1Hamilton probably was referring to the letter to him of 29 April from the Philadelphia merchants Reed & Forde. They wished to know whether the brig Molly, bound from New Orleans to London, would become subject to the embargo if she stopped at New York "for Orders" without entering the port. They added, "as we are inclined to think the Legislature . . . did not intend to subject any vessels to the Embargo circumstanced as this Vessel is, we request you will be so obliging as to submit this application to the executive and favour us with your answer" (PHi: Reed and Forde Papers; see also Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 16: 353-54, 288). No reply has been identified.

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