Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Philip Schuyler, 11 June 1799

From Philip Schuyler1

Albany, June 11, 1799. “In the papers2 which Accompany this I have pointed out three modes of wording in Cypher by aid of the copy of Entecks dictionary,3 but as the copiest has not marked properly the directions for finding a word … It would be best to have two new copies.…”

ALS, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1For background to this letter, see Rufus King to H, October 20, 1798; Schuyler to H, June 6, 1799.

2Schuyler enclosed eight documents, some of which are in his handwriting. These documents explain how to prepare and use the cipher (MS Division, New York Public Library).

3John Entick, The New Spelling Dictionary, Teaching to Write & Pronounce the English Tongue with Ease and Propriety … with a List of Proper Names of Men and Women. The Whole Compiled and Digested in a Manner Entirely New, to Make it a Complete Pocket Companion … To Which is Prefixed a Grammatical Introduction to the English Tongue. A New ed., Carefully rev. and cor. To Which is Now first Added, a Catalogue of Words of Similar Sounds, but of Different Spellings and Significances [By William Crobelt] (London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1783).

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