Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Benjamin Wells, 1 March 1800

From Benjamin Wells1


March the 1th 1800


Inclosed you have a Copy of the report of the Committee of Claims2 on my petition for Compensation for losses Sustained by the insurgants and as I have recieved no answer from my letter to you3 I would thank you to let me no if you expect to be at this place Shortly or if I Should Come to new york—when I may se you their. I have had some Conversation with Mr. Gallentine4 respecting my Claim against the United States he is of Opinion that the Government ought to indemnify all thos who Suffered for Suporting the law that the money which has been received by the Sufferers was a mear loan that they are liable to be Called on at the pleasure of Congress that a finall Settlement aught to take place which is my wish and the reason I am Come to this place. I have had a thought of petitioning Congress for a grant for a small quantaty of land in the non western terytory as a Compensation for my losses of Time and personal abuses of my Selfe and famaly in exertions to bring into operation the law of the united states. Should this meet your approbation you will be so kind as to in close me a petition with directions how to proceed and believe me to be with respect your most

Obedient Serveant

Benj Wells

N B you will direct your letter to the Cear of John McCauley5 North 4th Street.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1During the Whiskey Insurrection, Wells was collector of the revenue in Survey No. 4 of the District of Pennsylvania. See H to George Washington, August 5, September 2, 1794; H’s draft to Edmund Randolph to Thomas Mifflin, August 7, 1794; Wells to H, December 15, 1798.

2For this enclosure, see Wells to H, December 15, 1798, note 2.

4Albert Gallatin was at this time a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

5McCauley was a coppersmith in Philadelphia.

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