From John Browne Cutting1
Philadelphia, May 16, 1796. “You were good enough to offer me last Decr. what I little thought I should have occasion to accept in May—letters to any of your friends in Congress. Business of greater moment than my claim has incessantly occupied the Secretary of State ever since the documents that support it have been in his possession.… I therefore presume to request of you a single line to Mr. King2 or any other Gentleman in Senate simply stating that you did thus examine my papers; and that you do think I zealously expended my own money in a public service and that this money at least should be repaid upon the proofs I have thus toild to accumulate.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. During the American Revolution, Cutting was Apothecary General of Hospitals in the Eastern Department from 1777 to 1779 and in the Middle Department from 1779 to 1780. In 1790, acting as a private citizen, he helped to free American seamen from impressment in British ports.
2. Rufus King.