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To Alexander Hamilton from William Neilson, 12 November 1798

From William Neilson1

New York, November 12, 1798. “From the conversation we had on the Subject of field Artillery I made several experiments on this metal while at Salisbury.…2 I am now fully persuaded that guns can be made there … even lighter than brass.… I would request some discussion may be had before you leave the Seat of Government.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Neilson was a New York City merchant and financier and a director of the New-York Insurance Company.

2During the American Revolution, munitions were produced in Salisbury, Connecticut, from iron mines and forges located in the town.

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