From Robert Ralston1
[Philadelphia] June 25, 1794. “Observing from your note of the 22d. Currt.2 that there was no objection to the payment of the claim on behalf of John Dewhursts Estate, but that of ascertaining who was legally authorized to receive the Same. I enclose for your perusal the Deed of Assignment from the Commissioners of Bankrupt to me, and a Certificate from the Prothonotary of the Court of Common pleas of an Assignment being executed in my favor.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Ralston, a Philadelphia merchant, signed this letter as “Assignee of the Estate of Jno. Dewhurst a Bankrupt.” Dewhurst, a New York broker, had been a director of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, and after the panic precipitated by William Duer’s failure in 1792 a commission of bankrupt had been issued against him. See Benjamin Walker to H, July 12, 1792; H to Walker, July 20, 1792; Dewhurst to H, April 1, 1794, note 1.
2. Letter not found.