Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, 26 March 1796

To George Washington1

[New York] March 26 17962


I perceived by the News Paper that the resolution has been carried. I have not been idle as far a⟨s⟩ my situation would permit but ⟨it⟩3 will not be in my power as I had hoped to send you what I am preparing by this day’s Post. The next will carry it. It does not however appear necessary that the Executive should be in a hurry.

The final result in my mind, for reasons I shal⟨l⟩ submit in my next is that the Papers ought all to be refused. I am persuade⟨d⟩ the Communication of the ins⟨tructions⟩ in particular would do ha⟨rm⟩ to The President & to the Govern⟨ment⟩.

Respecty & Affecty

AL[S], George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2In JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851–1856). description ends , VI, 96, this letter is dated “March 26th, 1799.”

3The material within broken brackets has been taken from the copy in the Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

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