To Gouverneur Morris
Philadelphia June 22d 1792
My dear Sir
Your three letters of the 21st of March, 6th and 10th of April have been received, and gave me great pleasure.
I accept your challenge to meet you in the field of mutual confidential communication;1 though I cannot always promise punctuality, or copiousness. I will however do the best I can.
Will it not be a necessary preliminary to agree upon a Cypher? One has been devised for me, which though simple in execution is tedious in preparation. I may shortly forward it.
In the mean time, let us settle some appellations for certain official characters. I will call
|The President||— Scavola|
|The vice President||— Brutus|
|The Secretary of State||— Scipio|
|The Secretary at War||— Sempronius|
|The Secretary of the Treasury||— Paulus|
|The Attorney General||— Lysander|
|Senators||Robert Morris||— Cato|
|Oliver Elsworth||— Virginius|
|Rufus King||— Leonidas|
|George Cabot||— Portius|
|Aaron Burr||— Savius|
|Richard Henry Lee||— Marcus|
|Ralph Izard||— Themistocles|
|Representatives||James Madison||— Tarquin|
|Abraham Baldwin||— Hambden|
|John Laurance||— Solon|
|Thomas Fitzsimmons||— Cicero|
|Egbert Benson||— Cromwell|
|Jeremiah Wadsworth||— Titius|
|Jonathan Trumbull||— Quintus|
You see, I have avoided characteristic Names. In my next you shall have a sketch of the general state of the country, its politics and parties.
I thank you for your calculations, as I will for every suggestion you shall make.7 I shall seldom fail to get either a new idea, or a new application of an old one.
I shall endeavour to put in train, by this opportunity, the papers you advise to be sent, to the Russian Ambassador.8
If your courage is not put to the test by being put to wear what you have won, it will not be my fault.
Do you know enough of the catechism in the Vulgar Tongue to fulfil what you have lately undertaken?
P. S. Do me the favour to have the inclosed delivered to the party.
Gouverneur Morris Esqr
Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. James Monroe.
3. Fisher Ames.
4. John F. Mercer.
5. William Vans Murray.
6. William B. Giles.