From Abraham B. Venable1
Philadelphia July 10th 97
I had written you yesterday in answer to your letter of the fifth, in which I informed you that I had no copy of the papers in question, the transaction took place at Mr Monroes, where I left the papers, since which I have not seen them. The paper alluded to as well as I can recollect was in the nature of a memorandum for our own use,2 to refresh our memories in case we Should ever be called upon, and not intended for any other use, it related I believe chiefly to things which were said to [have] taken place pending the enquiry, and to the explanation. I cannot say whether it is an exact copy or not, tho’ there was some such paper, the original I presume is in the possession of Mr Monroe, as I left them at his house Mr Mughlenberg being present; I do not know any means by which these papers could have got out, unless by the person who copyed them,3 who had been present during the whole investigation, both before and after my being called on.
I am Sir Your Hble Sert
Abm. B Venable
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to H, July 3, 1797.
2. This is a reference to a statement by Venable, James Monroe, and Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg on December 16, 1792, which was published in Callender, History description begins James Thompson Callender, The History of the United States for 1796; Including a Variety of Interesting Particulars Relative to the Federal Government Previous to That Period (Philadelphia: Snowden and McCorkle, 1797). description ends , 216–18. For the text of this statement, see the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797.
3. John Beckley.