Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Charles Wilkes, 24 September 1800

From Charles Wilkes1

New York, September 24, 1800. Requests Hamilton to act as counsel for his brother-in-law,2 who as the guarantor of a large debt may lose twenty thousand dollars.3

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Wilkes was cashier of the Bank of New York.

2Lewis Simond, Wilkes’s brother-in-law, was a New York City merchant.

3This is a reference to the case of Daniel Ludlow and Gulian Ludlow v Augier Marie Leremboure and Lewis Simond. See MS Minutes, New York Court of Chancery, 1801–1804, 1804–1807, under the dates of May 29, October 25, 1802, January 18, May 27, 1803, June 13, 1805 (Hall of Records, New York City). The Ludlows and Leremboure were New York City merchants. An entry in H’s Law Register, 1795–1804, reads:

D Ludlow
} In Chancery
[Peter Jay] Monroe [Munro] or
P[eter Augustus] Jay

Retainer 50 Ds” (D, partially in H’s handwriting, New York Law Institute, New York City). For additional information concerning this case, see the Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964–). description ends , forthcoming volumes.

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