Alexander Hamilton Papers

Bill from James Robinson, [7 March 1797]

Bill from James Robinson1

[New York, March 7, 1797]

Augt: 13th Alexander Hamilton Esqr:
To James Robinson for fence
42 boards @ 1/ £2–2.
32 half Do: @ /6d 16.
18 posts @ 2/ and 12 lb Nails @ ½ 2–10.
 7 days Labour carpenters @ 11/ 3–17.
 4 Loads cartage @ 2/ 8.

Received New York March 7. 179[7]2 of Alexander Hamilton the amount of the above account being for the use of the lot of John Barker Church in broad way.3

Jams. Robinson

DS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Robinson was a builder who lived at 52 Greenwich Street, New York City.

2This receipt is in H’s handwriting. H incorrectly wrote “1796.”

On March 7, 1797, H made the following entry in his Cash Book, 1795–1804: “John B. Church Dr. to Cash paid Robinson Carpenter for fencing his lot—Dolls. 28.63” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). H also noted in his “Account with John B. Church,” June 15, 1797, the equivalent payment in New York currency of eleven pounds, eleven shillings (not nine pounds, thirteen shillings, as Robinson charged in his bill), on March 7, 1797, to “Robinson Carpenter for fencing your lot.”

3The lot to which H is referring is one of the lots which H had acquired for Church in 1796. See “Receipt from Morgan Lewis,” March 18, 1796.

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