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HAMILTON, ALEXANDER (1757-1804)

# 6513

U.S. Treasury Secretary – 1789-95; Revolutionary War Captain & Aide-de-Camp to General Washington; Killed in a Duel with Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804

Letter Signed, 1 ½ pages, front and reverse of a 7 ¾” x 9” sheet, a manuscript U.S. Treasury Department circular letter. At the authorization and direction of the House of Representatives during the term of the Second U.S. Congress, Treasury Secretary Hamilton seeks information relating to reported shortfalls in the receipt of funds by various customs officers for the year 1790.

“Treasury Department, April 14, 1791. Sir, The House of Representatives having been pleased to direct me to examine and report upon the endorsements of the several Officers of the Customs. I find it necessary to enable me to form a satisfactory judgment upon the subject that I be furnished with an accurate account, as much as possible in detail of all the monies received in the four quarters of the year 1790 by every Officer of the Customs who conceives himself to be insufficiently compensated. You will therefore if you think it proper to have your case taken into consideration transmit me such an account, and you will exhibit in detail likewise in the same paper the expenses of every kind which you have actually paid during the same year. The sooner this information is received, the more early I can enter upon the formation of a report. Should you think proper to make any observations they will be acceptable. For the greater clearness I wish the letter inclosing the above account to be confined to the subject. I am Sir Your Obed[ien]t Servant, A. Hamilton.

The letter bears light, even toning and general wear, and there are a few edge chips and tears, all well away from the text. One of several paper breaks along the usual folds has been repaired with a small strip of paper on the reverse.

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