From Robert Morris
Philada July 2d. 1797
I cannot account for your not having Answered the letter of which the preceeding is a Copy,1 in any other way than by supposing it did not get to your hands, it was written so long since as the 23d of May last & sent by Post, and is of so important a nature that I waited with Anxiety supposing however that the papers were preparing and that you delayed writing untill they were ready. I am become more Anxious now from the rigour of Mr Church.2 I pray of you for that Justice to which I am on this occasion entitled, & beg that you will comply with the requests contained in that letter. As I suppose it would not be agreable to you to appear against Mr Church I must apply to other Counsel to oppose his proceedings untill I can pay him the interests which I will do as soon as possible.
I am Dr Sir Your Obedt Servt
Alexr Hamilton Esqr
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.
2. This is a reference to proceedings in Chancery by John B. Church to secure the payment of interest on a debt which Morris owed to Church. See Morris to H, June 10, 1797, note 3. For an account of the debt and Morris’s efforts to pay it, see the introductory note to Morris to H, June 7, 1795. See also Morris to H, July 20, November 16, December 18, 1795, January 15, March 6, 12, 14, 30, April 27, May 3, 10, 17, 18, 31, 1796, March 3, 27, May 20, 23, June 2, 10, 1797; William Lewis to H, May 4, 1796; H to Charles Williamson, May 17–30, 1796.