Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Willard, 27 August 1792

From Joseph Willard

Harvard University in Cambridge
August 27. 1792.


I have the honor and pleasure of acquainting you, that at our last Commencement, the degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon you.1 The Corporation and Overseers of this University were happy, in having this opportunity of honoring the Society, by enrolling in their Catalogue the name of a Gentleman so highly distinguished in the literary and political world, and of publickly testifying their esteem of the Minister, to whose wisdom and unremitted exertions these United States owe so much of their present tranquility and prosperity, and the national respectability.

I shall send you a Diploma as soon as it can conveniently be engrossed. In the mean time, give me leave to subscribe,

with sentiments of the highest esteem & respect,   Sir, your most humble & obedient servant

Joseph Willard Presdt.

Alexander Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1A notice in the [Philadelphia] General Advertiser on July 31, 1792, stated that “at the late commencement at the University of Cambridge” the “degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on his Excellency John Hancock, Esq. His Honour Samuel Adams, Esq. the Honourable Alexander Hamilton, Esq. the Hon. Francis Dana Esq. and the Hon. John Lowell, Esq.”

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