From Theodore Sedgwick1
Stockbridge [Massachusetts] 19. Nov. 1796
My dear sir
The letters inclosed will explain themselves. I will only add one fact—the young man “who was going to transact some business up the north river” came directly here in the stage which communicates with New York and of course went not nigh the river at all & is now waiting only for my answer. I need not say that this information must be kept secret, for however proper it may be, and I esteem it highly so, Dayton would doubtless deem it a breach of confidence.
I am sincerely & affectionately your friend
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Sedgwick, one of the nation’s leading Federalists, was a member of the House of Representatives from March 4, 1789, to June, 1796. He was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Caleb Strong and served from June 11, 1796, to March 3, 1799.