Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William Seton, 29 March 1794

From William Seton

New York 29th March 1794

My Dear sir

I have been much chagrined at the delay in forwarding you the required papers, but when so many are concerned, it is difficult to go on very fast, tho I do assure you I got them finished as quick as I possibly could.1 The President2 forwards them on to you this day, and I trust they will be satisfactory, tho it mortifies me, that they should be always giving you so much vexation and trouble.

I did not make any purchases for Mr. Church3 after I received your Letter,4 tho Shares have been down so low since, that the Latter purchase to compleat, would have redeemd the average of the whole very low indeed. The night before last owing to the news from the West Indies,5 all Stocks started in price immediately from 5 to 6 per Cent and they keep rising. Shares are now 107 @ 108. Whenever you think it is prudent I should go on buying, you will be so good as to let me know, as I wrote to Mr. Church by the last Vessell that sailed that I should not purchase any more till I heard from you—the whole Sum drawn for and invested is £7856. 1. 6 Sterling.

It struck me in writing over the Treasury Statements, to ask the question, whether it is probable any Commission will ever be allowed for the purchases I made of Stock for the Public.6 I merely mention it, but not with the least view of urging it. If anything comes it is well. I am with the sincerest esteem & respect   Dear sir   Your Obliged Obed He Srt

Wm Seton

Alexr. Hamilton Esqr

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For information concerning the investigation of the Treasury Department by a committee of Congress for which H had requested the “required papers,” see the introductory note to H to Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, December 16, 1793. See also Seton to H, March 8, 1794; H to John Kean, March 12, 1794; H to Seton, March 17, 1794.

2Gulian Verplanck was president of the Bank of New York.

3For earlier references concerning Seton’s purchase of stock for John B. Church, see Seton to H, February 11, 18, March 8, 1794.

4If Seton is referring to a letter in which H discussed purchases of stock for John B. Church, H’s letter has not been found.

5See H to George Washington, March 8, 1794, note 5.

6For information concerning Seton’s agency in the purchase of United States stock for the commissioners of the sinking fund, see H to Seton, October 22, 1792; Seton to H, October 26, December 20, 1792.

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