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New York [ 1798–1804 ]. “A Series of misfortunes which have pursued me from infancy … make me apply to you for a Small Sum to relieve me from present embarrassment. The portrait that accompanies this letter is not offered to you in barter for the sum required. No Sir, it is my request that you would honor it with some corner in your house.… It is Sir the portrait of the Countess of Serang,...
J’ai hier recu Votre Lettre du 6. mai timbree du 10 , La quelle m’accuse reception de la Mienne du 2. ainssy que de L’Extrait de La Conssultation, des deux avocats de Bordeaux, Sur mon Afaire Contre Bouchereau, Et dépuis ai remis L’original avec deux autres Pieces importantes à Mr. harison, Le quel ma mandé avoir obtenue Le renvois de la Cause à la Court qui doit le tenir en Octobre, Ce qui me...
In a conversation, my esteemed friend Dr. Livingston had with Judge Benson, this gentleman received an information of the injustice, the Lutheran church-trustees in Albany intend to do to me and the Lutheran church in general in America. As he intends to go up to Albany, where he is to Stay a considerable time, he generously promised Dr. Livingston, to look into this matter & endeavour to...
Il aurait été un moment bien interessant pour moi que celui de Vous être présenté personnellement, et de Vous offrir le temoignage respectueux de mon devouement. Une reunion de circonstances et l’obligation que j’ai de ne pas retarder la Publication de mes travaux litteraires me font partir pour Paris sans jouir du plaisir de Vous admirer de près et de voir le Cercle interessant dans lequel...
[ New York, June 23, 1804. In describing the events of this day in his narrative, Van Ness wrote: “I sent a Note to Genl Hamilton’s Office and also to his house.” Notes not found. ] “Van Ness’s Narrative,” AD , New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York; ADf , New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York.
In the afternoon of yesterday I reported to Col. Burr the result of my last interveiw with you, and appointed the evening to receive his further instructions. Some private engagements however prevented me from calling on him ’till this morning. On my return to the City I found upon enquiry both at your office and house, that you had returned to your residence in the Country. Least an interveiw...
Mr. V Ness has this evening reported to me Verbally that you refuse to answer my last letter, that you consider the course I have taken as intemperate and unnecessary and some other conversation which it is improper that I should notice. My request to you was in the first instance proposed in a form the most simple in order that you might give to the affair that course to which you might be...
Your letter of the 20th. inst. has been this day received. Having Considered it attentively I regret to find in it nothing of that sincerity and delicacy which you profess to Value. Political opposition can never absolve Gentlemen from the necessity of a rigid adherence to the laws of honor and the rules of decorum: I neither claim such priviledge nor indulge it in others. The Common sense of...
I send for your perusal a letter signed Ch. D. Cooper which, though apparently published some time ago, has but very recently come to my knowledge. Mr Van Ness who does me the favor to deliver this, will point out to you that Clause of the letter to which I particularly request your attention. You might perceive, Sir, the necessity of a prompt and unqualified acknowledgment or denial of the...
June 1, 1804. “You may recollect that previous to Mr Caines marriage with my sister Mrs Verplanck, I applied to you and Mr Charles Wilkes to become trustees together with Mr Keese in a marriage settlement.… I am induced to request you to take such steps as you may think necessary to secure the property vested in you by the settlement.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. George Caines,...
[ Stockbridge, Massachusetts, May 24, 1804. On July 10, 1804, Hamilton wrote to Sedgwick : “I have received two letters from you … that of the latest date being the 24 of May.” Letter not found. ]
Si, comme je l’espère, vous avez trouvé mon manuscrit, Je vous Serai obligé de vouloir bien le remettre à la personne qui vous délivrera cette lettre Sous mon couvert. J’ai l’honneur d’être avec les Sentimens les plus distingués, Monsieur, Votre très humble et très obeissant serviteur ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Du Buc de Marentille had served in the French army during the...
[ 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.…” ALS , anonymous donor; LS , New York State Library, Albany. Jones, 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...
[ Morrisville, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1804. On July 12, 1804, Le Guen wrote to Hamilton : “J’ai hier recu Votre Lettre du 6. mai … La quelle m’accuse reception de la Mienne du 2.” Letter not found. ]
It being deemed important to obtain an early opinion on some of the points submitted to you, the gent’n associated with me will thank you for an answer, at present to the questions stated on the enclosed paper. The other points concerning the claim of property or Jurisdiction of this state to the land under water require perhaps too much investigation to be immediately disposed of, and are...
Questions submitted to Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Hoffman, in the foregoing letter: 1. Have the Corporation of New York any title to the land under the water of Hudson River opposite to and adjoining Powles Hook? 2. Have not Congress the power to make Powles Hook a Port of Entry? 3. Are the covenants contained in the draft submitted and marked No. I proper on the part of the proprietors and valid in...
In Consequence of a Letter from Mr. Jac. R. Van Rensselaer I have been with the Chancellor in order to have a guardian appointed for ⟨Mr.⟩ Kane’s Daughter, but on acct. of Mr. Kanes absence nothing can be done. The Chancellor requires a Petition from himself or an Atty in fact regularly constituted by him. He however suggests that as there are two Children you may procure a petition including...
Baron Humboldt Supreme counseller of Mines in the service of His Prussian Majesty and Member of the Royal Academy of Science at Berlin, Travelling for the purpose of Advancing the progress of Natural History, being on his return from South America and New Spain, to the Dominions of his Prussian Majesty, by way of the United States, I take leave to recommend him to your particular friendship...
[ April 20, 1804. “Probably it will be wholly out of our power to induce Mr. Van Vorst, from whom we purchased, to accept to any other property instead of a mortgage of the premises to secure his annuity, and he will certainly not allow it to be extinguished by accepting any equivalent. We are therefore obliged to provide the best security to purchasers which the case will admit, and we are...
Having been induced to undertake the publication of a daily gazette in this city, I have not hesitated to number you among its Patrons—and under this impression, I now presume to enclose to you a copy of the prospectus, and to request, as far as may consist with convenience, your aid in promoting the subscription in New-York. The objects of the paper are generally detailed in the prospectus....
[ April 19, 1804. “Sometime since Powles Hook was purchased for our mutual benefit from Mr. Van Vorst at a rent charge upon the whole of $6000 per annum forever. We have agreed to lay it out into town lots and dispose of it to purchasers, receiving a rent charge upon each lot. We are desirous to give to each purchaser a good and sufficient deed of conveyance, and also to provide for the...
Recd april 16 1804 from A Hamilton Esqr Eighty Eight Dollars and Eighty Eight Cents two third parts of Mr Bogerts Bill in the Chancery Cause for the Lands of Mark. 88 88 100 DS ADS , Yale University Library. This document is a receipt for John B. Church’s and H’s share of the complainant’s costs in the Chancery suit of Robert Gilchrist v Jacob Mark, John Laurance, and others . For information...
I have received your Testimonials in favor of Mr. Ellery & Mr. Alexander, which flatter my pride & gratify my affections, because they bring me Evidence of your remembrance, & inform me that you repose some confidence in the assurance, by which I am bound to receive your Commands, & to Honor your recommendation. The merited repute of this Interesting portal, to worlds known & unexplored, is...
[ March 25, 1804. The calendar description of this letter reads: “presenting a pair of horses.” Letter not found. ] Philip Hamilton’s calendar of letters “taken by my brother Alexr Hamilton from the House of my sister E[liza] H Holly immediately after her death without any colour of right or authority,” December 30, 1859 ( AD , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Van Rensselaer, a resident...
I enclose a newspaper in which you will find a Copy of the Bill before the Legislature for restraining unincorporated Institutions from Banking. It has occured to me & several Gentlemen with whom I have conversed upon the subject of this bill that it goes much farther than probably the Committee intended it should, and if pass’d into a Law, will prevent Individuals or Partnerships receiving...
Je Profitte de L’occasion du Cel. Williamson qui Part Pour Newyork Par Le Mail, Pour Vous Aviser, que depuis 10. Jours absent de chés Moy, je nai recu que hier, Votre Lettre du 6. Je ne Sai a quoy devoir Latribuer, Sy Ce nest à la Négligence du directeur de La Poste Office a trenton, il n’en Est pas moins Vraie, que Cella ma Empeschée de Proffiter des Avantages, que Votre attention Génereuse...
I have had the honor to receive your Letter of the 2d. Instant. I cannot conceive it possible that Inferences can be drawn from any Circumstance attending the transaction alluded to repugnant to the explicit declaration contained in my Letter to you of the 29th. of last Month without calling in question the truth of them, and this I trust will not be attempted. It was not to be expected that I...
Since my letter of the 24th. I have recd. yrs. of the same date; and after maturely reflecting upon the subject, and consulting one or two of our friends here I am confirmed in the Sentiment that I ought not to consent to be a candidate for the Govr. shd. the federalists think of offering me. This being my determination, it is right that I shd apprize you of it, in order that our friends may...
By Letters lately recd. from Albany, by Gentlemen interested in the Merchants Bank, we are informed, that a meeting of political characters connected with the Legislature, has been held, and that it has been resolved at all events to suppress this Company. This violent decision was altogether unexpected, as from prior intelligence, it appeared that several influential characters of the ruling...
This is the first moments leisure I have had to answer your Letter of the 27th Instant which was handed to me yesterday. I have carefully perused the Papers it inclosed under the signature of Mr. James Kane and find the statement of the transaction aluded to as admitted by Judge Purdy to be correct as far as my Name is implicated, and I believe it contains as reduced by Judge Purdy the...
Attach’d to this You have the Purdy Statement, which I am very Clear is in substance Correct. If you deem it very important that I should make affidavit of what is Here related—I will do it. At the same time I must acknowledge I shall have some difficulty in bringing my mind to it. My pride & Delicacy being in Opposition &c. With much respect & Esteem   I remain Dr Sir &c ALS , New-York...
Mr. D. Ogdon called upon me a few minutes past, and as I understood from him that he purposes writing to you by the mail of this Evening, I think it proper, in order to avoid any misconception of the tenour of our conversation to repeat to you the purport of what I said to him. viz. “Whether it will be expedient to offer a federal candidate for the Govr. is a point upon wh, from the want of...
Je n’ai recu que Ce matin, La Lettre dont Vous mavés favorisé Le 11. maie timbre du 13, Ce qui me fait Croire, que Cette premiere Epoque vous N’aviée pas recu celle que jai Eu Lhonneur de vous Ecrire Le 10. Par la quelle je vous Prie d’avoir la bontée d’envoyer toucher Le devidend de 10. ⅌ %. annoncée Par la Compe. d’assurance de Newyork, et men faire La remise. Maintenant, cher Gèneral, en...
[ Philadelphia, January 10, 1804. On January 18, 1804, Le Guen wrote to Hamilton and referred to “La Lettre … que jai la Lhonneur de vous Ecrire Le 10.” Letter not found. ]
Deer Park, near Natchez [ Mississippi Territory ], January 7, 1804 . “Having it in contemplation to establish myself in the law line at New Orleans, I conceive that it would very much assist me in my debut to be made known to the Governor of that province. I have already written for letters of recommendation to him to … some others of my friends in the Atlantic States—will you suffer me, Sir,...
I have paid the taxes & charges upon ⟨the⟩ lands in which you are interested described in the Comps certificate which you lately enclosed to me. As the tax of 1802 was unpaid I thought it best to discharge it also. The necessary voucher of these payments is herewith transmitted. After crediting the Bank dft. of $950 I am according to the preceding statement in advance for you $174.69 for which...
In a conversation we had at new York on the Subject of the threatened invasion of England by Bonaparte—you expressed a wish that oppertunity had offered So that you could have had the map of England and France &c before you. I now do myself the honor of transmitting my opinion as then Stated to you in a letter to Mr Pickering and after you have examined it with the map, I shall be greatly...
your last inclosing thirty dollars has been receiv’d & your taxes paid—and your acct stands thus 1803 Viz Dr to ballance of old account $3.57 Oct to postage of a letter .50 29 to taxes paid (see bill) 13.39 to commissions  5.00 22.46 Cr By cash per mail 30    Ballance Cr $7.54
Rhinebeck [ New York ], December 10, 1803 . Discusses a suit involving ownership of lots in New York City claimed by his wife and sister-in-law. Sends information on the progress of a survey of the Claverack lands being made by Judge David Brooks. ALS , Yale University Library. Schuyler was one of Philip Schuyler’s sons and a younger brother of Elizabeth Hamilton. Schuyler is referring to the...
New York, November 24, 1803. “By a variety of unavoidable Circumstance I am reduced to a State of dependance upon the bounty of my friends. I am in consequence of the injury received in my hip rendered incapable of very Active employment. I have solicited in vain for a situation in one of the Banks as yet there is no vacancy; and now have taken the liberty of addressing you soliciting the...
Je Vous Prie Cher General de transferer à Mr. Prime Les Shares Colombia insurance Compe. qui etoient en vos mains Pour Securité des Sept milles d’ollars Laquelle Somme Jai recu dudit Mr Prime. Votre Obnt Serviteur ALS , Yale University Library. See Le Guen to H, January 15, 1801 ; “Account with Louis Le Guen,” June 6, 1802 ; “Description of Account with Louis Le Guen,” June 8, 1802 .
Washington, November 16, 1803. “Mr: J: Sands of New York and at Present here as member of Congress,… informed me that Judgement was against him for damages sustained by the arrest of the Brig Jennet, owned by Mr: Haylegas of St. Croix.… I have brought payments forward in Similare cases, and I have good reason to believe that the present Secretary of the Treasury will not put any obstacles in...
I have paid to Mr Thompson Seventeen hundred and fifty dollars, taken up the Leases of Ross & Duzenbury and left the Titles to the house in Chapel & Murray St. It was my intention now to have paid the Whole—But having ordered this house (cor. of Chap. & Murray) to be sold which has not been effected the balance of about 2000 Ds. is left to be discharged by Sale of the house. James Clapp who is...
Although you can have no motive for desiring to extend the circle of your acquaintance, yet I am persuaded your Hand & your Heart will ever be free, to the Honourable, the amiable & the erudite of whatever clime or Country; under this impression I have presumed to introduce to you Mr John Forbes of Pensacola, principal Copartner in America, of the opulent & respectable House of Paton & Leslie,...
I am desired to inform you, That Jacob Morton’s Note for One thousand Dollars endorsed by you was protested yesterday Evening, for non-payment, and that the Holder looks to you for payment of it. I am, Sir,   Your most obedient Servant, LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Morton, who was trained as a lawyer, held several appointive offices in New York City and was a member of the New...
Having been favored by General Lafayette with a letter for you, I greatly desired to present you my respects; and indeed I was very much disapointed, when I did hear at your country house that you were absent. however as I come again in this country, with a firm resolution never to return to Europa, I hope that I Shall have the honor to be once introduced to you; and as I have Served with zeal...
I am desired to inform you, That Aa. Giles Note for One thousand Dollars endorsed by you was protested yesterday Evening for non-payment, and that the Holder looks to you for payment of it. I am, Sir, Your most obedient Servant, LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Wilkes was a notary public at 27 William Street in New York City. Aquila Giles, a resident of Kings County, served in the...
I snatch the few moments allowed me by a Gentleman, who is going directly to New York, to transmit one of the charts I promised you. The others are not yet completed, as Mr. E who is my Hydrographer Genl. has been obliged to suspend his employment in that line. My intention is, to collect & copy the different charts of the river, that have any character for correctness, to check one by...
[ New York ] October 19, 1803 . “Mr S. Jones Junior begs leave to remind Gen Hamilton of the case of Mr Remsen adm the corporation of the City of New york respecting the water lots at Burling Slip, which the Gen. has under his consideration.…” AL , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Jones was a New York City lawyer and the second son of Samuel Jones, first comptroller of New York State....
I hoped to have seen you on my way hither; but the distance at which you were from the place of crossing the Hudson, & my engagements with my travelling companions, prevented. I duly received your letter of Septr. 16th. relative to the proposition you made in the General Convention. It was obvious, that those, with the propositions of others, were presented for consideration and discussion, to...