### February 11 On February 11, 1791, I had to break the news to the House of Representatives that the government was in debt and needed to raise $2.4 million for the rest of the fiscal year. After presenting my report, I faced many questions from the lawmakers. My response? A witty and humorous retort, which drew much laughter from the room: "I have done my best, sir. I am not a machine; I have my passions, my prejudices, and my partialities like other men; but the public good has been my sole object, and I trust I have so managed it as to be acquitted by all sound minds and honest hearts." The room erupted with applause, and thankfully, my request for funding was approved by the House. It was a thrilling moment, and one I will never forget!