George Washington Papers

Alexander Hamilton and John Armstrong, Jr., to Tobias Lear, 23 April 1793

Alexander Hamilton and John Armstrong, Jr., to Tobias Lear

[Philadelphia] April 23d 1793

Dear Sir,

Do me the favor to learn from the President, & inform me by the bearer, whether mister Lee’s resignation was purely voluntary on his part, or was occasioned by any circumstance dissatisfactory to the President. The reason to the enquiry is that I may regulate my expressions to him accordingly.1 I presume no such circumstance has occured; but for greater caution I ask. Yrs &c.

A. Hamilton

John Armstrong Junior.2


1For Charles Lee’s resignation as collector of customs at Alexandria, Va., see Lee to GW, 4 April 1793. No letter from Hamilton to Lee that mentions Lee’s resignation has been identified.

2John Armstrong, Jr.’s nomination for the office of supervisor of the revenue at New York was in process at this time (Lear to GW, 8 April, and note 8).

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