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From Alexander Hamilton to Brockholst Livingston, 28 April [1797]

To Brockholst Livingston

[Albany] April 28 [1797]. “The situation of General Schuyler1 & other family circumstances do not permit me to attend Court this day. Will you do me the favour to argue the motion for setting aside the Non suit & granting a new trial on the inclosed case? …”2

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Philip Schuyler, H’s father-in-law, was ill. See H to Elizabeth Hamilton, April 19, 23, 1797.

2The case in question was Thomas Gilbert and Francis Farquharson v Jeremiah Hallett (or Hallet). See 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, 25, note 94.

The following entry appears in the minutes of the New York Supreme Court for April 28, 1797:

“Gilbert &
Argument. On Motion to set aside the
nonsuit in this cause, Mr Hamilton for the
Plaintiff and Mr Riggs for Defendant—
Curia Adversari vult.”

(MS Minutes of the New York Supreme Court, 1797–1802 [Court of Appeals, Albany]).

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