To Stephen Van Rensselaer1
[New York, August 25, 1796. “I embrace with pleasure the opportunity of making you acquainted with Mr. Adet Minister P: of the French Republic,2 for whom it is unnecessary for me to ask your particular attentions as they are equally due to his public and personal character. I will only add that I shall take a particular interest in whatever you may do to render his visit to Albany3 agreeable to him.”4 Letter not found.]
ALS, sold at American Art Association, March 12, 1920, Lot 383.
1. Van Rensselaer, who was the husband of Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister Margaret (Margarita), was lieutenant governor of New York.
3. The following item appeared in the Gazette of the United States, & Philadelphia Daily Advertiser on September 9, 1796: “Albany. September 5. The French Minister, his Excellency Citizen Adet, arrived in this city, since our last—he has proceeded on his journey to Lake George. During his stay here, he was waited on by the Lieut. Governor, the Chief Justice and many other of our most respectable citizens.”
4. Extract taken from dealer’s catalogue.