To Samuel H. Parsons1
[New York] January 11, 1786. “Some time since I transmitted you a Commission issuing out of the Court of Appeals in cases of Capture the object of which was to examine you on the subject of a certain Agreement stated in your letter2 and affidavit that no prejudice should arise from not lodging the appeal in time in the cause of the Brig Hope.… Not having yet had the pleasure of hearing from you on the subject I am induced to trouble you with this letter to ascertain whether the Commission has reached you & whether the proposed arrangement is agreeable to you.…”
ALS, RG 267, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, Records of the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture, Revolutionary War Prize Case Files, 1776–1786, Box 12, No. 103, Brig Hope, National Archives.
1. Parsons, a lawyer and a veteran of the American Revolution, lived in Middletown, Connecticut. On September 22, 1785, Congress appointed him a commissioner to extinguish Indian claims to the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio.
This letter concerns Richard Blake Jr. Appt. v Brig Hope John Hurlbutt Appee, a Revolutionary War prize case, in which H acted as counsel for the appellants and which was heard before the Confederation Court of Appeals in 1787. For material concerning this case, see RG 267, Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, Records of the Court of Appeals in Cases of Capture, Revolutionary War Prize Case Files, 1776–1786, Box 12, No. 103, Brig Hope, National Archives. See also Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., and Joseph H. Smith, eds., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , II, 892.
2. Letter not found.