Account with Louis Le Guen1
[New York, June 6, 1802]
|Dr.||Louis Le Guen To Alexander Hamilton one of the Trustees &c||Cr.|
|1802||To Cash paid Mr. Bruerton amount of two Bills of Cost2||331||1802||By Cash received of Manhattan Bank being the Ballance of the Trustees account3||175|
|June 4.||To Cash (Check on Office of D & Deposit)4||800|
|Ballance due Louis Le Guen5||427.72||June 4||do. received of N Prime for interest of 7000 Dollars to the 13 of May last6||408.72|
|do. received of J L being interest on 3000 Dollars to 13 of May last7||175|
|do. received of New York Insurance Company for dividend of Stock in the name of Trustees8||800|
E E New York June 6. 1802
ADS, Yale University Library.
1. This document describes the management of some of the funds entrusted by Le Guen to H, Richard Harison, and Aaron Ogden under an antenuptial contract drawn up in February, 1799. See Le Guen to H, December 27, 1800, note 7; “Receipt to Louis Le Guen,” January 15, 1801; Ogden to H, January 15, 1801; “Indenture between Alexander Hamilton of the First Part and Richard Harison and Aaron Ogden of the Second Part,” July 1, 1801; “Bond to Richard Harison and Aaron Ogden,” July 1, 1801.
5. An entry in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, under the date of June 7, 1802, reads: “Interest &c (L L Guen) 427.72” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
6. Although Le Guen originally intended to place ten thousand dollars at Nathaniel Prime’s disposal for investment (Le Guen to H, January 15, 1801), this figure, as the document printed above indicates, was subsequently reduced to seven thousand dollars. See also “Description of Account with Louis Le Guen,” June 8, 1802. In addition, the document printed above indicates that H had loaned the remaining three thousand dollars to John Laurance.
7. Laurance, a veteran of the American Revolution and one of H’s closest friends, was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1785 to 1787, a member of the House of Representatives from 1789 to 1793, United States judge for the District of New York from 1794 to 1796, and a member of the United States Senate from 1796 until his resignation in August, 1800.
9. At the bottom of this document is a receipt in H’s handwriting for $424.72, dated June 7, 1802, which Louis Le Guen signed.