Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Robert Morris, [28 September 1782]

To Robert Morris

[Albany, September 28, 1782]1


I have been honord this week with your letters of the 28 August 6th. 12th and 17th instant with their inclosures.

It gives me the most real pleasure to find that my past communications have meet your approbation; and I feel a particular satisfaction in the friendly confidence which your letters manifest.

I am persuaded that substanial reasons have determined your choice in a particular instance to Doctor Tillotson; and I am flattered by the attention you have Obligingly paid to my recommendations of Col. Malcolm and Lawrence.2 Those Gentlemen are now here: they make you the warmest acknowlegements for your offer, but decline leaving the State; which indeed is not compatible with the present prospects of either of them.

I am glad to have had an oppertunity of perusing your letter to this state at which so much exception has been taken;3 because it has confirmed me in what I presumed, that there has been much unjustifiable ill humour upon the occasion. I will make use of the knowledge I have to combat misrepresentation.

Yours of the 29th of July to Congress is full of principles and arguments as luminous as they are conclusive. Tis to be lamented that they have not had more weight than we are to infer from the momentary expedient adopted by the resolutions of the 4 and 10th:4 which will alone not be satisfactory to the public Creditors; and I fear will only tend to embarrass your present opperations without answering the end in view.5 The more I see the more I find reason for those who love this country to weep over its blindness.

The committee on the subject of Taxation6 are met; some have their plans and they must protect their own children however mishapen; others have none but are determined to find fault with all. I expect little, but I shall promote any thing though imperfect that will mend our situation. With sentiments of the greatest respect and esteem I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedient and humble servant

A Hamilton

The public Creditors in this quarter have had a meeting and appointed a Committee to devise measures; the Committee will report petitions to Congress & the Legislature and an address to the public creditors in other parts of the State to appoint persons to meet in convention to unite in some Common measure. I believe they will also propose a general convention of all the creditors in the different States.7

Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1The endorsement gives the date as September 28.

2Morris had indicated that he intended to appoint Thomas Tillotson receiver of continental taxes for New York and had offered to appoint William Malcom and John Laurance loan commissioners for New Hampshire and Rhode Island (Morris to H, August 28, 1782).

3H is referring to a letter of December 11, 1781, from Morris to Governor George Clinton which had angered Clinton and the New York legislature. See H to Morris, August 13, 1782.

6The committee had been appointed by the July session of the New York legislature to recommend financial measures for adoption by the legislature. See H to Morris, July 22, 1782, note 8.

7Perhaps encouraged by the concerted action of public creditors in Philadelphia who, at a public meeting in June, 1782, had urged Congress to grant them immediate relief, a meeting of public creditors was held at Albany. General Philip Schuyler, H’s father-in-law, presided at the Albany meeting. See “To the Public Creditors of the State of New York,” September 30, 1782.

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