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To Alexander Hamilton from Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, 10 December 1803

From Philip Jeremiah Schuyler1

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.2 Sends information on the progress of a survey of the Claverack lands being made by Judge David Brooks.3

ALS, Yale University Library.

1Schuyler was one of Philip Schuyler’s sons and a younger brother of Elizabeth Hamilton.

2Schuyler is referring to the case of Philip J. Schuyler and Sarah his wife, and George Suckley and Catherine his wife v John R. Cozine et al., which was a writ of right cause involving the ownership of land in the Third Ward of New York City. Sarah Rutsen Schuyler and Catherine Rutsen Suckley were sisters, and they claimed possession of the land through an inheritance. Suckley was a merchant living in Greenwich whose countinghouse was at 17 Beekman Street in New York City. Cozine and twenty other defendants named in the other causes accompanying this suit were the tenants of the land in question. The suit was commenced in the New York State Supreme Court on January 31, 1800, and writs of right were issued on August 6, 1804 (MS Minutes of the New York Supreme Court, 1797–1802, 1803–1807 [Historical Documents Collection, on deposit at Queens College, City University of New York]).

3A veteran of the American Revolution, Brooks was a member of the New York Assembly in 1787 and 1788 and from 1794 to 1796 and a member of the House of Representatives from 1797 to 1799. He was the first judge of the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas from 1795 to 1807. He was one of the surveyors appointed by the commissioners assigned to settle the dispute over lands in Claverack, Columbia County, New York, between the heirs of John Van Rensselaer and those individuals who were charged with occupying his lands without acknowledging themselves as tenants and without accepting leases. For a discussion of this controversy, see 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 Philip Schuyler to H, July 17, 1800, note 22, September 29, April 16, 1803; H to Schulyer, October 9, 1800; H to Jonas Platt, August 16, 1803; H to Elizabeth Hamilton, October 22, 27, 1803.

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