Alexander Hamilton Papers

Enclosure: [Letter to The New-York Daily Gazette], [1 October 1793]


One Andrew G. Fraunces, lately a clerk in the treasury department, has been endeavoring to have it believed, that he is possessed of some facts, of a nature to criminate the official conduct of the Secretary of the Treasury; an idea to which, for obvious reasons, an extensive circulation has been given, by a certain description of persons. The Public may be assured, that the said Fraunces has been regularly and repeatedly called upon, to declare the grounds of his suggestion; that he has repeatedly evaded the enquiry; that he possesses no facts of the nature pretended; and that he is a dispicable calumniator.

3The Diary, October 11, 1793. In the [New York] Daily Advertiser, October 11, 1793, the enclosure was entitled “A Card.”

On October 12 Fraunces wrote the following letter to Francis Childs and John Swaine, publishers of the Daily Advertiser: “For your politeness in inserting Mr. Hamilton’s Card, I return you thanks—but you came too late with it. I am sorry I had to spur you, or your author, to your’s or his duty; however, it is now done, and I go on. Be pleased to inform your friends, that if I am a dispicable calumniator, I have been unfortunately, for a long time past a pupil of Mr. Hamilton’s—and that it remains to be proved whether I do honor to my tutor or not.

A. G. Fraunces,

late a Clerk in Mr. Hamilton’s office.”

(The Diary, October 12, 1793.)

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