Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Ellery, 7 July 1794

To William Ellery

[Treasury Department, July 7, 1794. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue reads as follows: “About the remission of fines on ships, ‘… respecting Edmund Valentine, master of the Schooner Arethus and Guilford Grinnel of the Sloop Wealthy,1 I have no power to remit but upon application through the District Judge.2 Besides … the penalty imposed by law is so moderate. I have remitted in the cases of James Underhill,3 Elisha Casey,4 George W. Topham5 and John Hathaway … and transmitted duplicates of my decisions to the District Court.…’” Letter not found.]

LS, sold by Charles Hamilton Autographs, Inc., New York City, April 23, 1970, Lot 97.

2Henry Marchant.

3See Ellery to H, March 18–25, 1794. H’s remission of the penalty incurred by Underhill is dated June 26, 1794 (DS, Columbia University Libraries).

5See Ellery to H, March 11, July 6, 1794.

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