Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 3 September 1793

To Jeremiah Wadsworth1

Philada. Sept 3rd. 1793

My dear Wadsworth

Shortly after I came into Office I remember your having told me that Glauback (whom you represented as a worthless and ungrateful fellow) was indebted to General Greenes estate, I think for money lent him, and that it was your intention to endeavour to effect a purchase of his public claim & allowing him some part of it for his immediate ⟨necessities⟩2 letting the residue be an indemnifi⟨cation – – – estate⟩ or in other words go to the ⟨– – – –⟩ that he would ⟨– – – – – – –⟩ something to the ⟨– – – – – – – –⟩ you left the City that you had left the business in charge with Flint.

The ⟨purchase⟩ of the claim was afterwards made through a ⟨second⟩ hand and it appears in fact that Mrs Greene has had the benefit of it.

Fraunces lately a Clerk in my Department prompted partly by resentment and partly I believe by some political enemies gives out that I assisted in this affair as a speculation and to prove it shews the draft of a power for assigning the claim with some corrections which are said to be in my hand writing.

Whether this be so or not, I really do not now recollect, but I think it very possible, that having understood the matter in the light I have stated from you and viewing the transaction ⟨– – –⟩ to eye from my regard to Mrs Greene ⟨– – – –⟩ a power having been ⟨–⟩ to me ⟨– – – –⟩ it would be ⟨– – – – – – – – – – –⟩ some ⟨– – – – – – – – – –⟩ with precision the course of the transaction as it stands in your recollection particularly what passed between you and myself in the first instance. If not inconvenient to you I should even be glad that you would attest to it.

Yrs Affectly


Jereh Wadsworth Esqr

Copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see Andrew G. Fraunces to H, May 16, 1793, note 9; William Willcocks to H, August 25, September 1, 1793; H to Catharine Greene, September 3, 1793.

2Words within broken brackets in this letter have been taken from HCLW description begins Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1904). description ends , X, 57.

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