To Theodore Sedgwick
New York Feby 27
When will Congress probably adjourn?1 Will any thing be settled as to a certain Election?2 Will my presence be requisite as to this or any other purpose and when? I observe more and more that by the jealousy and envy of some, the miserlyness of others and the concurring influence of all foreign powers, America, if she attains to greatness, must creep to it. Well be it so. Slow and sure is no bad maxim. Snails are a wise generation.
P S Unless for indispensable reasons I had rather not come.
T Sedgwick Esq
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Congress adjourned on May 14, 1800.
2. This is a reference to the nomination of a Federalist candidate for President in the election of 1800.