Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 30 June 1795

To Oliver Wolcott, Junior

New York June 30, 1795

Dr Sir

Doctor Livingston1 sometime since left with me a bundle of vouchers relating to the questions between Phil Livingstons estate2 & the public. There was among other things a little Register or book with a marble cover doubled up. I do not find it among my papers & if my memory does not deceive me it was sent on breaking up at Philadelphia to one of the Offices of the Treasury. Mr. Jones3 may know something of it. It is interesting to the estate. Pray let a careful search be made & when found let it be forwarded by a careful hand to me.


A Hamilton


I find the non publication of the Treaty4 is working as I expected that is giving much scope to misrepresentation & misapprehension. The Senate, I am informed by several members, did not take any step towards publication because they thought it the affair of the President to do as he thought fit.

ALS, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1John Henry Livingston was a Dutch Reformed clergyman in New York City and the grandson of Gilbert Livingston, youngest son of the first lord of Livingston Manor. At the time this letter was written he was professor of theology at the first theological seminary in the United States, which was founded in 1784 at New Brunswick, New Jersey, by the Dutch Reformed Church. He was married to his second cousin, Sarah Livingston, the daughter of Philip Livingston, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

2Philip Livingston had died in 1787. For information concerning his estate, see John Henry Livingston to H, March 28, 1794, note 5.

3Edward Jones, a clerk in the Treasury Department.

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