Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Timothy Pickering, [27 August 1797]

To Timothy Pickering1

[New York, August 27, 1797]

Dr Sir

Sometime since I received the inclosed being directions concerning measures requisite to be pursued to obtain indemnification in cases of Captures by British Cruisers. I laid it by in haste & have since overlooked it. I do not recollect to have seen it in the news papers & yet it appeared to me necessary that it should be so. As it came to me from some one of our public characters in London, I presume you must have received the Equivalent. I am curious to know if this has been the case & if any thing has been done upon it. After perusal & making such use as you may think proper you will oblige me by returning it.2

Yrs. truly


Col Pickering

ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see Rufus King to H, April 29, 1797.

2Pickering endorsed this letter: “returned the papers inclosed Oct. 21. 1797. being rules in prosecuting appeals from the British Vice-Admiralty courts.” Pickering’s letter of October 21, 1797, has not been found.

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