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From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, [13 February 1798]

To James McHenry

[New York, February 13, 1798]

My Dear Sir

Yours of yesterday with its inclosure are come to hand & will be attended to as speedily as possible.

I take the liberty to trouble you with the inclosed to receive the amount (which though the accumulated interest on all my Stock from the beginning of the funding system will be short of 200 Dollars). When received, pay yourself one hundred, our friend Lewis1 seven, & deliver the rest to Wolcott who has lately been paying for some books for me.

This idea, drawing my attention to this little object, as the sum is not worth retaining, has induced me to make sale of the principal to Le Roy Bayard & McEvers.2 While at the Notary’s & not having previously consulted them, I put your name in the power to transfer the Stock.3 This power they will send you. Pray comply with it & excuse this almost indecorum on my part.4

Yrs. truly


James Mc.Henry Esq

ALS, Montague Collection, MS Division, New York Public Library; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1William Lewis was an attorney in Philadelphia who had been a judge of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1791 and 1792. See H to James McHenry, August 17, 1797.

2Herman LeRoy, William Bayard, and James McEvers. An entry in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804, for February 14, 1798, reads: “Cash Dr to Stock received of Le Roy &c for the amount of my three Cents 411.55” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

3DS, Charles Roberts Autograph Collection of the Haverford College Library, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

4In the margin opposite this paragraph McHenry wrote:

“recd at the Bank of U.S. 144 48 
N. A. B.  24  8 
168 56 
Paid Mr Woolcot 40 20 
Lewis 7    
Self  100    
147 20 
Balance sent  21 36 
168 56.”

The following entries appear in H’s Cash Book, 1795–1804: “Mar 24. 1798

Cash Dr. to Stock received of J Mc.Henry for interest on my 3 C Stock from the commencement of the funding system to this day 168.65
“Expences Dr. to Cash paid for drs. sometime since at Philadelphia 100  
paid Lewis  7   
“April 1
Library Acct. for paid toward Enciclopedia 40.20”

(AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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