Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James Greenleaf, 30 July 1796

To James Greenleaf1

New York July 30 1796

Dr. Sir

I have carefully reflected upon the subject of your letter of the 27th. instant.

Though the data which it presents authorise an expectation of large pecuniary advantage and though I discover nothing in the affair which an Individual differently circumstanced might not with propriety enter into—yet in my peculiar situation, viewed in all its public as well as personal relations, I think myself bound to decline the overture.

With great regard I am Dr. Sir   Yr. Obed serv


James Greenleaf Esqr

ADfS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H wrote this draft at the bottom of Greenleaf’s letter to him of July 27, 1796.

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