Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert Morris, 15 January 1796

From Robert Morris1

Alexander Hamilton Esqre

Phila 15 Janry 1796

Dear Sir

I wrote to you on the 16 Novr & on the 18th Decemr. You have not acknowledged the receipt of either of those letters, but as they were sent by Post I must suppose they got to your hand. Should that be the Case and any part of the Contents are not satisfactory, explain yourself freely, for I am entirely disposed to act in conformity with your desires in the business depending between us. I expect soon to hear of Mr. Marshalls2 Arrival in London & perhaps Mr Church3 and he may adjust the business for us.

I am very Sincerely Dr Sir   Yours


LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.

1Morris, who had been a partner in the Philadelphia mercantile firm of Willing, Morris, and Company, had served in the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, in the Provincial Assembly from 1775 to 1776, in the Pennsylvania legislature from 1778 to 1779, 1780 to 1781, and 1785 to 1787. From July, 1781, to November, 1784, he held the office of Superintendent of Finance. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and a United States Senator from 1789 to 1795. By 1795 he was involved in numerous and complicated land speculations which led to his imprisonment for debt in February, 1798.

2For James Marshall’s trip to Europe, see Morris to H, June 7, 1795, note 10, October 8, 1795.

3This is a reference to a debt which Morris owed to John B. Church. See the introductory note to Morris to H, June 7, 1795. See also Morris to H, July 20, November 16, December 18, 1795.

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