Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Alexander J. Dallas, [15 January 1793]

From Alexander J. Dallas1

[Philadelphia, January 15, 1793]


I have received the enclosed letter from Mr. Gallatine,2 one of the Members of the General Assembly, of this State, respecting the subject, on which we conversed some days ago; and I will esteem it a particular favour, if you will enable me to make an early answer to the questions which he proposes.

I am, with the sincerest esteem and respect   Sir,   Your most obedt. serv

A. J. Dallas Secy

Be pleased to return the letter after perusal.

To Alexander Hamilton, esqr.

Copy, Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg; LC, Division of Public Records, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

1Dallas was secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For background to this letter, see John Nicholson to H, July 26, 1792, note 1.

2In 1780 Albert Gallatin emigrated from his native Geneva and settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. In 1788 he took part in the Harrisburg convention which had been called to find means of amending the Federal Constitution. The following year he sat in the convention which revised the Pennsylvania constitution. From October, 1790, until his election to the United States Senate in February, 1793, Gallatin was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and at the time this letter was written he was a member of the committee on ways and means in the Pennsylvania House. It was to this committee that a letter written to the Pennsylvania House by Christian Febiger, treasurer of Pennsylvania, on January 1, 1793, was referred. Febiger’s letter accused John Nicholson, comptroller general of Pennsylvania, of speculating in “new loan” certificates on which Febiger calculated that Nicholson had made a profit of approximately twenty-five percent. Febiger’s letter led to the impeachment proceedings against Nicholson in the Pennsylvania legislature (Hogan, Pennsylvania State Trials description begins [Edmund Hogan], The Pennsylvania State Trials: Containing the Impeachment, Trial, and Acquittal of Francis Hopkinson, and John Nicholson, Esquires … (Philadelphia, 1794). description ends , 67–69).

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