Alexander Hamilton’s List of Candidates for Minister to France
[Philadelphia, 19 May 1794]
|Georgia||Nathaniel Pendleton (District Judge)|
|S. Carolina||J. Rutlege|
|C. C. Pinkney|
|Pinkney (late Governor)|
|McClurgh||Principles as to
F. R. unknown
|Bradford (Atty General)|
|New York||G. Clinton|
AD, DLC:GW; copy, DLC: Hamilton Papers. GW docketed the AD "From the Secy of the Treasury List of names—from whence to take a Minister for France 19th May 1794." From the ink and placement of the names on the AD, it appears that Hamilton added Baldwin, Henry Lee, Syms Lee, Paca, W. Bingham, Humphreys, Charles Jarvis, James Sullivan, and E. Gerry to the list after he first wrote it. The AD is not always clear about the relation between the names and states. Syms Lee and Paca could be read as belonging to Delaware, and Ingersol as belonging to New Jersey. The copyist assigned Paca to Delaware and Ingersol to New Jersey, but the above text probably represents Hamilton’s meaning.
1. William Temple Franklin was residing in London.
2. Charles Jarvis (1748-1807), a Boston doctor, represented Suffolk County in the 1788 state constitutional convention and in the Massachusetts House, 1787-96 and 1801. In 1788 and in 1793 the Massachusetts House voted for him to become U.S. senator, but the Massachusetts Senate rejected him.
3. Former congressman James Sullivan (1744-1808) was at this time attorney general of Massachusetts. He served as Massachusetts governor in 1807 and 1808.