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      Sale 2276 | Lot 187
      Price Realized: $12,000With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2276 Lot 187

        HAMILTON ENGAGES IN SOME BUREAUCRATIC JUGGLING HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Hamilton," as Secretary of Treasury, to Joseph Howell, asking the army to pay a reward for the capture of a counterfeiter. 1 page, 4to; short separations at folds, silked on recto and verso, remnants of prior mounting along right edge verso. (AKF) New York, 3 March 1790

        Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

        "If you have any monies in your hands for which there is not an immediate call, I request you to pay to the Honorable Jeremiah Wadsworth five hundred dollars on account of the apprehension of certain persons engaged in counterfieting the securities of the United States. . . . The reason of this mode of doing the business is that there is at present no appropriation for authorizing the payment out of the Treasury."
        Wadsworth, who received the reward for apprehending a gang of counterfeiters led by Francis Crane, was then a United States Representative from Connecticut.
        Published in Syrett, Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 23:285.

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $12,000