From Herman Le Roy
New york 29 March 1793.
A part of the Estate wch. my Father has left consists in French Funds, wch. from the distracted situation that Country is in, neither principal or interest can be procured upon same. Since the United states are indebted to France, and they are now actually discharging same, pray would it not be possible to indemnify us, as American Citizens, out of the debt due them, by producing the Funds at their Charge, wch. can be proved have been in the family for upwards of half a Century? Some of our Law Characters here have suggested the possibility of such a scheme being practicable, wch. alone induces me to sollicit the favor of your giving me your kind advice and opinion upon the subject, in doing of wch. you will render me a particular service, wch. on all occasions I shall be always happy to repay with sincere gratitude.1
I am ever with sincere esteem & respect Dear sir Your humble Servant
Alex. Hamilton Esqr.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. On the envelope of this letter H wrote “answered.” The answer has not been found.