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To Alexander Hamilton from Edward Carrington, 3 January 1797

From Edward Carrington1

Richmond, January 3, 1797. “I have just now seen Mr Wade Mosby of my Neighbourhood in the Country, whose Agent … has just returned from N. York where he has employed you in a Suit to which Mr Mosby is a party. He wishes me to say to you what his Character & circumstances are. I have known him from his Childhood to this day, and can with confidence say he is a man who has supported the character of a Gentleman uniformly, and, being himself honest, is too apt to rely on others being so, as he fatally experiences, I verily believe, in the case now under your care. I am sufficiently informed of the transaction between him & Leeds here to be well satisfied that the debt due to Leeds & Mumford, has been bona fide, paid.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Carrington was supervisor of the revenue for Virginia.

For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see Wade Mosby to H, January 1, 1797, and 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, 316–27.

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