Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William Seton, 28 May 1794

From William Seton

New York 28 May 1794

My Dear Sir

By the post in an official Letter I forward to you the accounts respecting Mr. Jays embarkation,1 in which I hope I have acquitted myself to your Satisfaction.

I must trespass upon your time to beg the favour you will inform me any day this week—The Character of a William Acres, who informs me he lived with you as a Steward or in some place of trust—he is recommended for the place of Porter to the Bank, and has an excellent Character from the family he now lives with, but as he mentioned your name, I have taken the liberty to make this enquiry.

I have had frequent letters from Mr. Church who is very well satisfied with my operations.2 I concluded the whole investment on the 10th of this month by purchasing 24 Shares at 11 per Cent & getting 8½ per Cent for ⅔d. & 8 per Cent for the other ⅓ of the Bills. The whole purchase is 106 Shares & the amount of the Bills £10,056. 1. 6 Sterling.

I am with the greatest esteem & respect   Dear sir   Your obliged Obed Humb Sert

Wm Seton

Alexander Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H had requested Seton to arrange for John Jay’s passage to England. See H to Seton, April 22, May 2, 1794.

Seton’s “official letter,” which was dated May 27, 1794, has not been found. See Seton to H, June 16, 1794. For Seton’s account with the United States for the charter and provisioning of the ship Ohio, see H to Seton, June 21, 1794, note 1. Jay had sailed for England on May 12, 1794, aboard the Ohio.

2For Seton’s purchase of bank stock for John B. Church, see Seton to H, February 11, 18, March 8, 29, 1794.

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