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To Alexander Hamilton from Andrew Dunscomb, 7 April 1794

From Andrew Dunscomb1

Richmond, April 7, 1794. “If in the course of events the National Honor of America should call for the exertions of her Citizens,2 and should my feeble efforts be wanting, I would beg to observe that those rights annexed to our existence would induce me to give my ready Aid to the Commands of my Country: but as to the choice of an Appointment, it must rest upon the opinion of others.… If … my pretensions are not ill founded, permit me to calculate upon your Aid.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Dunscomb, who had served in 1784 and 1785 as commissioner of accounts for Virginia, was a perennial office-seeker. See, for example, Dunscomb to H, January 26, 1794.

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