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From Alexander Hamilton to Tench Coxe, [10 November 1796]

To Tench Coxe1

[New York, November 10, 1796]


I beg the favour of you to let me know what if any thing has been settled with Messrs. Wheelen & Miller or whereabouts that affair is. I expect with certain[ty] Mr. Church early in the spring,2 and should be grieved to have to inform him of an unsettled state of this business.

I am   Sir   Yr. very hum. servant

A Hamilton

Tench Coxe Esq

ALS, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to Coxe to H, February 13, 1795 (PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XVIII, 262–69). See also the references cited in Coxe to H, April 13, 1793, note 3 (printed in this volume).

2In May, 1797, John B. Church and his wife Angelica Schuyler Church, Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister, returned to the United States after twelve years in England. While Church was out of the United States, H had acted as his agent for his American business affairs.

On May 26, 1797, Church wrote from New York to Coxe: “I arriv’d here a few days since, and amongst other Papers receiv’d from Col Hamilton your Bond for 5000 Dollars which became due the 25th September last, in the Multiplicity of Business in which he is engaged it had escaped his Notice that so long a Time had elapsed since the Bond became due, and that he had only received one Years Interest on the Bond, as it will not suit me to lend Money at Interest, I must request by Return of Post a Remittance for the Principal and Interest of the Bond, and I will thank you to furnish me at the same Time with a State of the Sale of the Lands which you have made on my Account and also a Remittance for the Amount you have reciv’d in Consequence of such Sale” (ALS, Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia).

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