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To Alexander Hamilton from Samuel Jones, 21 May 1804

From Samuel Jones1

[New York] May 21, 1804. Asks Hamilton to answer questions concerning David Lydig’s “rights to the Bronx River, and how far those rights are affected by the Lease to Doctor J. Brown.…”2

ALS, anonymous donor; LS, New York State Library, Albany.

1Jones, who lived in Oyster Bay, New York, was comptroller of New York State from 1797 to 1800. He had been a member of the Continental Congress, the New York Ratifying Convention, and the New York Assembly from 1786 to 1790. From 1791 to 1797 he was a member of the New York Senate from the Southern District.

2For the rights of Lydig and Joseph Browne to use the waters of the Bronx River, see H’s Law Register, 1795–1804 (D, partially in H’s handwriting, New York Law Institute, New York City), in Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., and Joseph H. Smith, eds., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , forthcoming volumes. See also the introductory note to Philip Schuyler to H, January 31, 1799.

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