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From Alexander Hamilton to Tench Coxe, [12 June 1796]

To Tench Coxe1

[New York, June 12, 1796]

Sir

Accidental Circumstances prevented my seeing you previous to my departure2 to know the issue of the Arbitration—proposal to Mr Wheelen. I will thank you to inform me.

I have heared that some late law of Pensylvania has put in jeopardy the property of Aliens where there were not actual settlements.3 I will thank you to explain this. Is it where the Patents were originally to Aliens?—or does it extend to lands patented to Citizens & purchased by Aliens? Is it where there were in the patents conditions of settlement or have any new conditions been established? & What? &c. &c

Yr hum servant

A Hamilton

Tench Coxe Esq

ALS, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to Coxe to H, February 13, 1795 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 262–69). See also the references cited in Coxe to H, April 13, 1793, note 3 (printed in this volume).

2See Coxe to H, May 17, 1796, note 4 (printed in this volume).

3For the Pennsylvania laws concerning the right of aliens to own land, see Coxe to H, May 10, 1795, note 3 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 339).

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