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To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, [7 August 1797]

From James McHenry1

[Philadelphia, August 7, 1797]

I have recd and read the enclosed. I think the advice contained in the last paragraph ought to be adopted.2

Mr J—— will say to Dawson3 “that inasmuch as you have expressly told Mr M—— that in your opinion his motives were malignant and conduct dishonorable,4 that he would advise you against throwing it into a more formal challenge, it resting with Mr Munroe to submit it to the expressions or resent them.”

Yours most affectionately

James McHenry

Webster has been sent to Jones.5

ALS, Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.

1For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to H, July 3, 1797; William Jackson to H, July 24, 25, 31, August 5, 7 (two letters), 1797.

3John Dawson. See Jackson to H, Jackson to H, August 5, 1797, note 5, and August 7 (two letters), 1797.

5McHenry is referring to a statement by Noah Webster, Jr., dated July 13, 1797, which is document No. XLIII in the appendix to the printed version of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 25, 1797. See H to John Fenno, July 6, 1797. The statement was sent to Edward Jones, who was assisting H in the collection of documents for the “Reynolds Pamphlet.” See Jones to H, July 30, 1797.

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