Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William Hall, 4 September 1791

From William Hall1

New York 4th. Sepr. 1791


Last night Mr. Mort & myself return’d from the Pasaic Falls.2 One of the finest situations in the world (we believe) can be made there. The quality of the water is good & in sufficient quantity to supply works of almost any extent. Every thing nescessary as to situation is here to be found. The Lands ly well are shelter’d from the winds & are not subject to inundations. This situation so far exceeds our expectations that we are very desirous you shou’d see it. If convenient shou’d wish to meet you there with any other person you think a judge & explain to you our reasons for prefering this situation, after which we flatter ourselves you will agree with us in opinion. We have seen Coll. Duer.3 He says He will write you on the subject by this Post & will accompany us to the Falls. We think it unnesscessary to trouble you with our report of the Delaware till we have the pleasure of seeing you.

Shall be happy to hear from you as soon as convenient.

I have the honor to remain   Sir Your most obedt. Hble Servt.

William Hall

No. 57 Maiden Lane

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see Hall to H, August 29, 1791.

2These falls are located in what is now Paterson, New Jersey, and they were to become the site of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures.

3William Duer had been active in drafting plans for the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures in the spring and summer of 1791. For a description of his activities for the society, see Davis, Essays description begins Joseph Stancliffe Davis, Essays in the Earlier History of American Corporations (“Harvard Economic Studies,” XVI [Cambridge, 1917]). description ends , I, 270–72.

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