From Henry Dufouer1
New York June 23d. 1792
I am Again under the necessity of troubling you, and Appealing to your goodness of Heart to Excuse the Intrusion I make on your time while you Read this. It is long since I spent my last shilling relying on that Government for Bread by my Attachment to which I lost the place I held in the Customs & Obliged to behold Men in Office who would have waded thro’ blood to Oppose it. I have the most perfect Relyance that you will provide for me because you have promised you would, not Only to me but to my friends. You may in the hurry of Business at times forget this but I am sure you Cannot break it, but my Good Sir, in the mean time I am in want. I am disturbed thereby both in mind & Body and am Often tempted to Despair. Excuse this Application. Do keep me in mind & my pray⟨ers⟩ shall Assend to Heaven for you⟨r⟩ Health & Happiness I am Sir Your Verry humb. Servt.
The Honbe. Alexander Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. According to a petition for the office of supervisor of the revenue for New York which Dufouer sent to George Washington on March 7, 1793, he had served in the customhouse at New York until 1776, when he “took a decided part in the late Revolution.” After the war he was appointed a “Land and Tide waiter” at New York, a position which he held in 1792 (“The Petition of Henry Dufouer,” 1793, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.)