From Samuel S. Smith1
Princeton [New Jersey] March 18, 1802. Introduces his son, John Witherspoon Smith, who plans to practice law in New York City.2
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Smith, a Presbyterian clergyman, had a pastorate in western Virginia in the seventeen-seventies, taught at the College of New Jersey from 1779 to 1795, and served as president of the college from 1795 to 1812.
2. By 1803 John W. Smith was listed in a New York City directory as “counsellor” with his office at 16 Nassau Street (Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register and City-Directory, for the Twenty-Eighth Year of American Independence [New York: Printed and Published by D. Long-worth, 1803], 265).