From Charles Carroll of Carrollton1
Annapolis 22d. Oct 1792
I received on the 7th. instant your favor of the 23d. past.2 I have delayed thus long answering it with a hope that I might discover whether the antifederal party in this State had in view the person3referred to in your letter. I suspect a communication of Sentiments is maintained by the leaders of this party throughout the United States; however I have not heard his name even whispered; his character I could not well see thro’ during the time we were together. I noticed a disposition to perplex & puzzle, which left an unfavorable impression on my mind; he appeared to me not to want talents, but Judgt. & Steadiness, and I suspect he possesses of ambition a quantum sufficet for any man.
I hope the friends of stability and order, in other words, the real friends of liberty & their country will unite to counter-act the schemes of men, who have uniformly manifested a hostile temper to ye. present Government, the adoption of which has rescued these States from that debility & confusion and those horrors, which unhappy France has experienced of late, and may still labour under. I beg respects to Mrs. Hamilton and remain with Sentiments of respect and regard
Dear Sir Yr. most hume. Servant
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background concerning this letter, see Rufus King to H, September 17, 27, 1792; H to——, September 21, 26, 1792; H to King, September 23, 1792; H to George Washington, September 23, 1792; H to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, October 10, 1792; H to John Steele, October 15, 1792.
2. Letter not found.
3. Presumably Aaron Burr.