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To Alexander Hamilton from Tench Coxe, 14 December 1795

From Tench Coxe1

[Philadelphia] Decr. 14th 1795

Sir

I have transmitted to Walter Rutherford Esqr.2 for two years intt. on my bond to J. B. Church Esqr. the sum of Six hundred Dollars which will be delivered to you or any gentleman in your office who will exhibit to him my Bond with a receipt for that sum thereon.

I have been in the woods as I believe I informed you3 upon the Business of Ball & Smith’s contract. The advantages in favor of the Justice of our cause resulting from this inconvenient & uncomfortable exertion have been great. The Board of Property4 after a long hearing have decided, that the warrants of Ball & Smith shall take place of those opposed to them. I have written to the Deputy Surveyor & hope now [to] get forward with the Business; tho there are some serious matters yet to remove. To secure our ground I have made a further payment of Eight hundred Dollars.

I am &ca. &ca.

Alexander Hamilton Esqr.
Atty. of J. B. Church Esqr. of N. York

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).

2Coxe to Rutherford, December 14, 1795 (LC, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia).

Rutherford was a New York City merchant.

In an account dated June 18, 1797, in which Coxe wrote of his partnership with Church covering the period from May 6, 1794 to December 31, 1796, there is a debit entry which reads: “Decr. 15 [1795] To Amount of two years interest remitted to A Hamilton Esqr. thro Walter Rutherford Esqr. 600 Drs. endorsed on Bond being in full of interest to 25th Septr. 1795 225” (copy, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia).

3Coxe to H, August 4, 1795 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XIX, 88).

4The Pennsylvania Board of Property was established in 1782 to decide land disputes. Claimants could appeal the board’s decisions to the state’s courts. See “An Act to Vest Certain Powers in the President of This State, Together with the Other Officers Therein Named, and for Other Purposes Therein Mentioned,” April 5, 1782 (James T. Mitchell and Henry Flanders, eds., The Statutes at Large of Pennsylvania from 1682 to 1801 [Harrisburg, 1904], X, 408–11).

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