Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William J. Vredenburgh, [February 1799]

To William J. Vredenburgh

[New York, February, 1799]

Willliam J. Vredenburgh Esq.1

To Alexander Hamilton Dr

For my services as Counsel at Albany } Dollars
per account heretofore rendered 75  

Mr. Hamilton presents his compliments to Mr. Vredenburgh & requests the payment of the above. ⟨He will recall that⟩ Mr. Hamilton with Mr. Pendleton, argued his cause at Albany. The argument was successful. The amount was considerable. The points were nice. The above charge is certainly moderate. Under these circumstances Mr. Hamilton is not a little disappointed that so much delay has attended the satisfaction of his demand. He takes it for granted that Mr. V will feel the propriety of now satisfying it.

AL, Mr. Sedgwick Smith, The Cove, Skaneateles, New York.

1Vredenburgh was a New York City merchant.

The bill that H submitted was for his services as counsel in the case of Vredenburgh v Hallett and Bowne in the New York Supreme Court. For this case, see Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , II, 436, note 8. See also entries in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, under the dates of February 21, October 16, 1797, and February 12, 1799 (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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