George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 19 July 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia July 19. 1794.

The Secretary of State has the honor of inclosing to the President an account of expenditures at the mint, this day forwarded by the Director;1 and to request his instructions as to the warrant, asked for.2

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

1The enclosed account showed a debit of $1,675.40 "for the purchase of Copper and for Expenditures from the 24th April to the 30th June 1794 inclusive," and two credits, $440.07 for "Cash transferd by the late Treasurer of the Mint" and $400 from "Warrant No. 3769 from the Secty of the Treasury dated 19th June 1794," leaving a balance of $835.33 due to Mint Treasurer Nicholas Way (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

2In his letter to Randolph, David Rittenhouse stated that the account balance had "been advanced by me & not by the Treasurer," and he continued, "You will oblige me by applying to the President for his warrant for that sum, including, if it shall be thought proper a further sum of 1000. Drs to enable the Treasurer to pay the current expences of the present quarter. I have however not the least objection to advancing the money until the close of the Quarter if that Mode is approved of" (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

GW wrote to Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton on this date, "Pay to The Director of the Mint, one thousand eight hundred & thirty five Dollars and thirty three Cents, to be applied to the purposes of that Establishment" (LB, DLC:GW).

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