Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Louis André Pichon, 10 May 1802

To Louis André Pichon1

New York May 10. 1802


The inclosed was put into my hands by Capt Du Buisson, when lately I was about to make a journey to the City of Washington,2 with the suggestion that you had desired it as a voucher for his right to receive 3000 francs from the Armateurs of the Peggy and which sum he informed me you would be willing to pay out of funds in deposit with you on account of that Vessel and her Cargo.3 The interruption of my journey, by an accident, has deprived me of the pleasure of delivering you the paper myself. I therefore now forward it by post.

If you think fit to remit to me the sum claimed it shall be paid to Captain Du Buisson and a receipt from him shall be transmitted to you.

Do me the favour to present my respectful Compliments to Madame Pichon4 and to accept yourself the assurances of the distinguished consideration with which

I have the honor to be   Sir Yr. very obed. servt

A Hamilton

Mr. De Pichon &c.5

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to Jedediah Huntington, November 12, 1801; Robert Smith to H, November 20, 1801; H to Aaron Burr, April 1, 1802; H to Simeon Baldwin, May 1, 1802; Baldwin to H, May 8, 1802.

Pichon was consul general and charge d’affaires from the French Republic to the United States. He also served as commissary general of commercial relations for France.

2H had been planning to attend the triennial general meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati which was held in Washington on May 3, 1802. See H to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, March 15, 1802; “Election by the Triennial General Meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati,” May 3, 1802, note 2.

4A. Emilie Brongniart Pichon.

5The endorsement on this letter reads: “Repue Le 21 mai.” Letter not found.

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