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To Alexander Hamilton from Edward Tilghman, 12 February 1801

From Edward Tilghman

February 12, 1801. Acknowledges Hamilton’s letter of February 11, 1801.1 Discusses several lawsuits involving the capture and resale of American-owned vessels by foreign nations and the settlement of the cases in United States courts.2

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

2H wanted this information for the case of John C. Vandenheuvel v United Insurance Company, which was decided in favor of the defendant during the January, 1801, term of the New York Supreme Court and was reversed in March, 1802, by the New York Court of Errors. H served as counsel for the defense, although he did not appear before the Court of Errors. For a discussion of this case, see Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964–). description ends , II, 423–24, 620–25.

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