Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Joseph Dwight, 23 December 1799

From Joseph Dwight, 23 December 1799

Bennington Decr. 23d. 1799—


Agreeable to my promise I have to write your Honor on a circumstance that has occurd. betwixt Lieut Livingston & myself. His Aspersions on my Character are derogatory to my feelings, but am confident it is out of his power to injure me, if I have been in the wrong it was done innocently, still further why should he Asperse my Character when at a distance from each other of 2 or 300 Miles, after haveing an Opportunity for several Months to place me in the situation he now has, I was in New York several months at the time, and after this little frivolous dispute happened, that has caused him to take such undue Advantages. A Court of Inquiry I am willing should be calld. but I Blush to put the Public at an Expence on a dispute at a Card Table—

This Sir, you may rest Assured is the only cause that this dispute originates from. I Refer your Honor to the Capt. Charles Smith Maiden Lane & Capt. J. Hulett for further information respecting my Character—

I have the Honor to be Your most Obt & Very Hble Servt—

Joseph H Dwight Lieut

1st. Regt Infantry

Majr Genl Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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