Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Cross, 18 December 1799

From Joseph Cross, 18 December 1799

Portland, Decr 18th 1799.


The inclosed, unsigned letter, was received by me the 8th current; and, observing your name attached to the superscription page thereof, I have taken the liberty of forwarding it to you.

Although propriety forbids me to ⟨— res⟩pond to (as official) any letter devoid ⟨—— sig⟩nature, yet I shall proudly embrace every opportunity of rendering your excellency that prompt respect, which both my duty and sentiments enjoin.

Respectfully, & obediently Your Most Obt. Servt.

J: Cross CADET, Reg A&E

P. S. a sprain of the my right thumb has prevented my writing sooner or better

J. C.

Major-Genl. Alexander Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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