To James Greenleaf1
New York July 30 1796
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.
1. H wrote this draft at the bottom of Greenleaf’s letter to him of July 27, 1796.