Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Rufus King, 4 March 1799

From Rufus King

London Mar 4. 1799.

Our opinions do not differ upon a very important subject,1 that has more than once been mentioned in our correspondence: I am intirely ignorant of the Sentiments of the Pr. tho’ I have again and again treated of it, and sometimes with earnestness, in my Dispatches This silence gives me some inquietude. Mr. G. will send you the Reflections2 that have occurred to him, and will also explain the motives for putting them into your Hands. I cannot at this distance decide upon the Expediency of publishing these Reflections, but I am much inclined to recommend it, as all our Conjectures explained & confirmed by every thing we see, injoin upon us to look for Safety only in our own courage & upon our own Continent.

With perfect regards and attachment   I am my Dear sir   Yr ob Ser


A. Hamilton Esqr.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City.

1This is a reference to Francisco de Miranda’s plans for the liberation of Spanish America. See Miranda to H, April 1, 1797, February 7, April 6–June 7, August 17, October 19–November 10, 1798; H to Miranda, August 22, 1798; King to H, May 12, July 31, October 20, 1798, January 21, 1799; H to King, August 22, 1798; Timothy Pickering to H, August 21–22, 1798.

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