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To Alexander Hamilton from Samuel Broome, 13 August 1788

From Samuel Broome1

New Haven [Connecticut] August 13, 1788

Dear Sir

I have been informed Congress have appointed a Committee to examine into the situation of their Contract made with Mr James Jarvis for the Loan of a quantity of Coined Copper2 and that said Committee had reported that said Contract Was Void should an action be Commenced against Mr Jarvis for damages. I hope you will be pleased to Consider yourself as his attorney in the suit provided there would be a propriety in a Member of Congress acting as an attorney

I am respectfully Dr Sir your Obd Servt

Sam Broome

Honble Alexander Hamilton Esquire

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Broome, a merchant in New York City until 1775, had in that year moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he was in business with Jeremiah Platt under the firm name of Broome and Platt until 1786.

2By a congressional resolution of April 21, 1787, the Board of Treasury had been authorized to contract with James Jarvis of New Haven, Connecticut, to supply the United States with three hundred tons of copper coin (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXII, 225). On July 16, 1788, Abraham Clark, delegate from New Jersey, made a motion respecting the contract which was referred to a committee that reported on August 4. Neither the motion nor the report is in the Journals or the Papers of the Congress (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXIV, 329, note 1; 391, note 2). On August 20, according to the Committee Book (Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives), Abraham Clark, Hugh Williamson, Abraham Baldwin, Jeremiah Wadsworth, and H were appointed to report on “the contract with Jarvis for copper coins” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (Washington, 1904–1937). description ends , XXXIV, 444, note 1).

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