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To Alexander Hamilton from John Jay, 10 September 1791

From John Jay

New York 10 Septr 1791

Dear Sir

I send you Copies of a Letter of 3 Augt. from Jacob Cuyler,1 and of my answer of this Date.2 It is natural for men circumstanced as he is, to be anxious; and as adversity too often begets neglect, marks of attention are doubly acceptable to men in his Situation. I fear you will find it difficult to do much for his Son. A little will to him be much. At any Rate write to him, and let him percieve that altho you cannot create opportunities of serving him, yet that you wish him well.

adieu   Yours sincerely

John Jay

Col. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Cuyler to Jay, August 3, 1791 (copy, in writing of Jay, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). In this letter, Cuyler, an Albany merchant, asked Jay to speak to H about the possibility of a position in the Treasury Department for Cuyler’s son Richard. See also Richard Cuyler to H, May 10, 1791.

2Jay to Cuyler, September 10, 1791 (copy, in writing of Jay, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Jay wrote that he had spoken to H about Cuyler’s son, but that at present there were no vacancies in the Treasury Department.

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