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To Alexander Hamilton from John Jay, 23 April 1799

From John Jay1

Albany 23 Ap. 1799

Dr Sir

Such was your Recommendation of Mr. Inglis2 for the place of a notary, that it is proper to mention to you the Reasons why he was not appointed. I think the number of officers should be regulated in general by the occasion or necessity there may be for them.

In the City of New York there are at least Twenty public notaries; and that number being in my opinion more than sufficient, it does not appear to me advisable to increase it. There are many Candidates, and there are some among them whom it would give me particular pleasure to appoint—such as—Mr Malcom3 who was recommended to me by the Presidt of the U. S.—Mr Lawrence,4 the Son of our Senator—Mr. Inglis—& two or three more.

Exclusive of Mr. Inglis, I find no less than sixteen names on the List of candidates—some of them of more than three Years Standing.5

List of Notaries in the City of N York
John Wilkes R. Van den Broeck Ch. Adams Wm. Bleecker
John Keese Cadw. Colden Fr. Lynch Jams. Creighton
Jams. M. Hughes Is. L. Kip John S. Hunn Ab. Skinner
Ed. Dunscomb Th. Smith Ch. Bridgen Wm. Bache
Adrian Kissam Ch. R. Richardson John G. Bogart Henry Remson

There were other notaries in the city (some of them I have heard are dead, and others removed—perhaps some of them may be still there)—vizt. Jams. De Haert—Paul R. Randall—J. F. Roorbach—Is. Van Vleck—Wm. Brodie—Teunis Wortman—Dan. Thew &c—

Since I have been in the Govt. I have appointed no more than three in the City—Ab. Skinner—Wm. Bache in whose favor Mr. Popham6 resigned; and Henry Remson to succeed his Brother John.

These Details are prompted by the Respect due to your Recommendation and by the Esteem and Regard with which I am

Dr Sir   Your most Obt. Servt.

Maj. Genl. Hamilton

ADf, Columbia University Libraries.

1Jay was governor of New York.

2See H to Jay, September 17, December 18, 1798.

3Samuel B. Malcolm, a New York lawyer, had been private secretary to John Adams in 1797 and 1798.

4John Mcdougall Laurance.

5At this point in the letter Jay wrote and then crossed out:

“George D. Cooper—1795 Gab. V. Ludlow } 1796
Ths. L. Ogden } 1796 Peter Hawes
Saml. Laurence James Wood—1797
Wm. Paulding Jun Henry Sands—1798
Ths. Ferdon } 1798 John W. Mulligan } 1798
Wm Coleman Jonn. Pearsey
Wm. Kettlelas S. B. Malcom
Heny Brewerton John Lawrance”

6William Popham. See Philip Schuyler to H, August 31, 1795, note 7.

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