Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Jay, 27 August 1800

From John Jay1

Albany 27 Augt. 1800

Dear Sir

I recd. and answered your Letter of the 19 Inst: on Monday. Yesterday I found the Instructions, & immediately wrote to you a Letter containing a Copy of the Paragraph in question.

My search for the Letter of which I made the use you mention, was fruitless until this morning, when I found it, and now enclose a Copy2—It does not quite answer your Expectation as to the opinion—But I know and am ready to certify that you gave me in Substance the Opinion you mention vizt. that unless an arrangement on solid Terms could be made with G. Britain, it would be better to do nothing.


John Jay

Majr. Genl. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to Jay, August 19, 1800; Jay to H, August 25, 26, 1800.

2H to Jay, May 6, 1794 (copy, in Jay’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

Index Entries