Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Campbell Smith, 11 November 1799

To Campbell Smith, 11 November 1799


New York Nov 11. 1799


Herewith is an Official answer to your letter. I regret the intimation with which it is closed, to which however I can & must annex no precise meaning. I will only observe upon it, that in no sense can the affair be viewed as a personal injury, or be proper for the manifestation of personal resentment in any form. Any person one, who should give him you a different opinion, can hardly be your friend—Such an opinion if followed could be productive of no possible advantage & would be attended in various ways with great inconvenience to you—

With esteem & consideratn I am Sir Yr Obed Sr

A Hamilton

Lt. C Smith

(ALS, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore; copy, in the handwriting of William LeConte, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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