Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Robert Morris, 27 October 1797

From Robert Morris1

Alexander Hamilton Esqr
New York

Hills [near Philadelphia] October 27th 1797

Dear Sir

In my last letter to you2 I said I saw the means of discharging my debt to you in consequence of the purchase made of the Indians and that your influence might be usefull in the recovery of the money, it is thus; Doctor Craigie in Co with Watson & Greenleaf purchased of Mr Saml. Ogden with my consent 100000 acres of Genesee land for which they paid, except $12500 Watson and Greenleaf were half and Doctr Craigie half, unfortunately at the solicitation of Greenleaf when he was settling accounts with Mr Watson I released the latter of his responsibility and took Greenleaf’s Bond for their half.3 Doctor Craigie is to pay me the other half in specie or in certain Bonds which he then held of mine those Bonds I have satisfied by a sale of lands to him since; therefore he is to pay me $6250 in specie in 60 days after the Indian title is acquired to the 100000 Acres of land, that title was acquired on the 15th day of September last being the date of the Indian Deed of conveyance4 for the whole Country of which that 100000 Acres is a part and none of the Indian reservations are near it. I wrote to Mr Craigie last Week5 and enclosed a Copy of the instructions I gave for the survey and sent that letter open under cover to his relation and Agent Mr Seth Johnston of New York but have not heard from either of them. I do not Know of or suspect any demur to this payment unless they or either of them should have possessed themselves of some of the notes in circulation on which unfortunately my Name is. I think you have influence with both these Gentln and in your last letter dated the 5th inst.6 you promise the exertion of it. I request that you will apply to them upon this subject as if the debt was assigned to you and prevail on them to pay without any attempt at defalcation. If they agree I will send you an order or assignment as you may think best, you had best in your first application only to mention that you are to receive this Money & hear what they have to say, if they agree to pay all is well, if they make any objections I will send you the papers on which the debt rests. There are two orders in the hands of Mr Hazlehurst7 amount to about £500 to £600 which I am to get up or they will stop the Amot. these I expect to obtain in time. I shall await your Answer and remain   Dr Sir yrs


LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter concerns Morris’s efforts to pay the balance of a debt which he owed to H. For an account of this debt and Morris’s plans for paying it, see the introductory note to H to Morris, March 18, 1795. See also Morris to H, March 31, June 2, 23, 30, July 18, 20, 1795; June 17, 27–30, November 19, December 8, 1796; June 2, 10, September 9, October 2, 1797.

3For an explanation of the transactions described in this sentence and in the remainder of this letter, see the introductory note to H to Morris, March 18, 1795.

5Morris to Andrew Craigie, October 19, 1797 (LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress).

6Letter not found.

7In summarizing his accounts with Robert and Isaac Hazlehurst, Morris wrote: “Robert Hazlehurst & Co., Robert Hazlehurst of Charleston, South Carolina. These are old long standing accounts; and as Isaac Hazlehurst conceived that upon a settlement of his accounts with me I should prove the debtor, I assigned to him my claims on his Brother, altho. I differ from his opinion as to the result of the settlement.

Isaac Hazlehurst of Philadelphia, Old and lengthy accounts are depending; and in a settlement with him must be included my dependencies with his brother. And as I owe a debt to John Thompson of Philadelphia, Merchant, attended with peculiar circumstances, I have assigned all my claims upon Mr. Hazlehurst to Mr. Thompson, with Reservation of any surplus to me, my heirs or assigns.” (Morris, In the Account of Property description begins Robert Morris, In the Account of Property (King & Baird, Printers, No. 9 Sansom Street [Philadelphia], n.d.). description ends , 28–29.)

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