From Abraham Van Vechten1
[Albany, March 13–21, 1801]
I am enjoined by the genl. Committee to tax your Goodness to prepare a short, temperate & pertinent supplementary Address by way of reply to that of our Opponents.2 This tax will be levied & collected without communicating whence it is derived.
A. V. Vechten
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Van Vechten, an Albany lawyer and Federalist, served in the New York Senate from 1798 to 1805.
In JCHW description begins John C. Hamilton, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1851–1856). description ends , VI, 525, this letter is dated “1801.”
This letter concerns the New York gubernatorial election of 1801. See H to James A. Bayard, February 22, 1801.
2. On February 18, 1801, The [New York] Spectator carried the first Federalist address to the voters. The Republicans replied in the [New York] American Citizen and General Advertiser, March 7, 1801, and in The Albany Register on March 13. H’s reply (or the address requested by Van Vechten) to the Republican speech is entitled “Address to the Electors of the State of New-York” and is dated March 21, 1801.