From Robert Morris1
Hills [near Philadelphia] Decemr 21st. 1797
I have this day been informed that an attachment has been laid by your order in the Name of Mr Church, in the hands of Messrs Le Roy Bayard & McEvers,2 what this is for or why it is done I cannot conceive; your agency in its astonishes me, if it is for the balance of the Money you lent me,3 I shall deem my self more unfortunate than ever (altho sufficiently so before) to have such measures taken at the time I was making arragements to satisfy you perfectly.
Will you be so good as to explain to me Candidly What this attachment is for and why it is done and you will so far oblige
Your Obedt hble servt
Alexr Hamilton Esqr
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress, LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This letter concerns an order by Chancellor Robert Livingston to secure the payment of interest on a debt which Morris owed to John B. Church. For this debt and the Chancellor’s order, 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, April 27, May 3, 10, 17, 18, 31, 1796, March 3, 27, May 20, 23, June 2, 10, July 2, November 1, 1797; William Lewis to H, May 4, 1796; H to Charles Williamson, May 17–30, 1796.
3. Morris’s assumption was incorrect, for, as indicated in note 1 above, the debt in question was one which Morris owed to Church. For the debt which Morris owed to H, 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, 27, November 23, 1797.