Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Henry Lee, 15 June 1793

From Henry Lee

Richmond June 15th. 93.

My dear sir

We have heard here that a circular ltr. from you to the several collectors relative to French prizes1 has given great offence to the British minister2 & that this conduct on the part of the U.S. will contribute to produce a rupture with G.B. I should be very much obliged to you for the truth on this point & its expected consequences.

Peace to America is in one word, our all. A set of clamorous desperadoes in their fortunes or political hopes cry aloud for war & I fear G.B is not indisposed to take advantage of every event to injure us. What the intemperance of some among us & her solicitude to avenge past disgrace may produce time alone can unfold, but I hope that the true friends to their country will every where & on every occasion unite to prevent the calamitys of war.

What is the real state of things in france, & will not her enemys after victory there, feel the exploit but half accomplished, unless we also be politically changed. On this ground I sometimes apprehend danger, but am revived again when I look at the sea which divides us & reckon on the exhausted state of their finances. Farewel3


ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2George Hammond was the British Minister to the United States.

3H endorsed this letter as follows: “For the information of the President as evidence of the public Disposition.”

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