Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Rufus King, 2 April 1796

To Rufus King

[New York] April 2. 1796

Thank you for yours of yesteday.1 I have no copy of the paper sent.2 The greatest part went in the original draft though considerably reformed according to joint ideas & somewhat strengthened by new thoughts. A letter I have received3 tells me that it came to hand after the ground which was acted upon had been formally considered & taken in Council & that it is reserved for future use in the event of an expected criticism of the message.

I have asked for it conditionaly to prune correct &c.4 If I get it you shall have a copy. But you must take care that there is no crossing of path. Yrs. truly

A. Hamilton

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1Letter not found.

2This is a reference to the draft of a message to the House of Representatives which H enclosed in his letter to George Washington on March 29, 1796.

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