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From Alexander Hamilton to Simeon Baldwin, 1 May 1802

To Simeon Baldwin1

[New York, May 1, 1802. “Capt. Du Buisson who has obtained a decree of restitution of his vessel & cargo tells me that there are some obstacles, which he cannot explain, to his receiving the moiety of the proceeds reserved for the Captors, and remaining as he understands it in deposit with you. As he has solicited my aid which I have promised, you will oblige me by explaining as early as may be the situation of the business.”2 Letter not found.]

1ALS, listed by Thomas Madigan, New York City, in A Catalogue of Autographs (n.d.), Item 98.

Baldwin, a lawyer in New Haven, Connecticut, was clerk of the United States Circuit and District Courts for Connecticut from 1789 to 1806.

For background to this letter, which concerns the case of the United States v Schooner Peggy, Joseph Buisson, claimant, see H to Jedediah Huntington, November 12, 1801, note 2; Robert Smith to H, November 20, 1801; H to Aaron Burr, April 1, 1802.

2Extract taken from the dealer’s catalogue.

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