From Nicholas Romayne1
New York. April 9th. 1792
Mr. Dodge who officiated sometime in the Custom-house Department in this City, I am informed was deranged on account of some neglect of Duty. Circumstances I am told have been so much in his favour that the penalty incurred has not been exacted—with the particulars of which I presumed you are acquainted.2
He has served in the Armies of the United States during the late war, and his engagements there prevented him from acquiring a trade or profession—he has a large family—his numerous connections in this place are soliciting his being replaced & I am sensible if it be otherwise not against the good of the public service, they will gratefully acknowledge any kindness you may please to extend towards [him] as well as myself.
I have the honour to be Your Obt. Servt.
The Honble. Alexander Hamilton Esqr
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Romayne, a prominent New York physician, had resigned in February, 1792, from his post as professor of the practice of physic at Columbia College (The [New York] Daily Advertiser, March 2, April 11, 1792).
2. On February 21, 1791, Samuel Dodge, an inspector of customs at New York, had been convicted of unloading molasses from the Hudson Packet after sunset and without a special license from John Lamb, the collector of that port. Judgment was deferred twice, the first time until the April, 1791, session of the Circuit Court, the second time until the October, 1791, session (H to Richard Harison, March 18, 1791). A pardon was finally issued by Washington in June, 1792.