Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 5 December 1799

To James McHenry

New York Decemr. 5th. 99


Having some private business of importance to transact at Philadelphia,1 and there being several objects of a military nature which perhaps may be facilitated by a personal interview with you, it is my intention to leave this city on Monday next for the seat of government.

With great respect & esteem   I have the honor to be   Sir   yr.

S of War

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Although it cannot be stated with certainty, the purpose of H’s trip to Philadelphia may have been to confer with William Bingham concerning papers relating to the “Reynolds Affair.” See McHenry to H, November 18, 1799.

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