Alexander Hamilton, Richard Peters, and
William Rawle to David Lenox1
Camp Rostraver [Pennsylvania] November 11, 1794
Altho’ we have uniformly during the present Operation received perfect Satisfaction from your Firmness & Exertion in the Duties of your Office, yet we have, with sincere Sympathy, observed the Torture of your Mind, agitated between a Sense of public Duty & your private Affections, owing to the unpleasant Accounts you have received repeatedly of Mrs. Lenox’s Illness. We cannot withold longer our Advice, that you forthwith return Home; & we trust that, tho’ it may be difficult fully to supply your Place, yet we have a Confidence that such Arrangements will be made, as to prevent the public Service suffering by your Absence.
We are with sincere Esteem, your obedt Servts
Major David Lennox
LS, University of Delaware Library.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see Lenox to H, September 8, 1794; H to George Washington, November 11, 1794 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVII, 203–09, 366–67).
Peters was United States judge for the District of Pennsylvania. Rawle was United States attorney for the District of Pennsylvania. Lenox was United States marshal for the District of Pennsylvania.