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To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 17 May 1796

From Tench Coxe1

[Philadelphia] May 17th 1796

Sir

I mentioned to you that the Board of Property had decided in favor of Ball & Smiths Warrants,2 but I presume it has escaped your Memory. After this six months are given by our laws for an appeal to the courts of Law. I hoped that this would elaps—but about the last day the process was served. I have apprized my council, in the former stage, of the present situation of the matter & due care will be taken to procure all the proper means of a favorable decision.

Sometime since I applied to Mr. Wheelen,3 and finding a prospect of raising the Money as soon as the other part of the concern would expect the difference between my share of the present balance & the value of the full third, I offered [to] repurchase one third at the first cost & to take that undivided interest or to draw at once one third out of Patterson’s, Church’s & Coxe’s lands. Mr. Wheelen expressed his willingness, but sd. Mr. G. Wescott had hesitated, & was then out of Town. That having made the offer to you he would consider himself bound to persuade Mr. W. to it, & I should hear on his return. Mr. Wescott has been back about a week or ten days but I have not yet heard from them.

Mr. Anthony informs me that he has advised you4 of his having recd. from me the Deed of Robert Wescott for the eleven tracts of land taken back for Mr. Church by you, & the patents for them, which I sent him about the day of your lat[e] departure from Philadelphia5 agreeably to your desire.

Mr. Burd6 of our supreme Court told me on Sunday that Mr. R. Morris had made provision for the Judgments against him so far as his own real & separate share of them.7 This it may be useful to Mr. Church’s affairs that you should hear.

I am, sir, &ca. &ca.

Alexr. Hamilton Esqr. (N. Yk.)

LC, 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).

In PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XX, 184, this letter is listed as a “letter not found.”

2See Coxe to H, December 14, 1795 (printed in this volume).

3On May 23, 1796, Coxe wrote to Israel Whelen: “I shall be glad of the decision of Messrs. Wheelen, Miller & Wescotts about my offer to repurchase an undivided third part of the 88 tracts of the lands bought of me and of Mr. Alexr. Patterson in 1794. I informed Mr. Hamilton, that I had offered to buy in for a sixth, a fourth or a third, & he wishes for information about the same …” (LC, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia).

4Joseph Anthony’s letter to H has not been found.

5Paltsits states that H was in Philadelphia “shortly before May 10, 1796” (Victor Hugo Paltsits, ed., Washington’s Farewell Address [New York, 1935], 31), but no information concerning the purpose of this visit has been found in H’s extant correspondence.

6Edward Burd was prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

7For Robert Morris’s debt to Church, see the introductory note to Morris to H, June 7, 1795 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 359–70). See also Morris to H, July 20, November 16, December 18, 1795; January 15, March 6, 12, 14, 30, April 27, May 17, 1796 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 469–70; XIX, 430, 498–500; XX, 40, 63, 74, 74–75, 103, 141–45, 184–88).

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