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From Alexander Hamilton to Timothy Pickering, [27 August 1797]

To Timothy Pickering1

[New York, August 27, 1797]

Dr Sir

Sometime since I received the inclosed being directions concerning measures requisite to be pursued to obtain indemnification in cases of Captures by British Cruisers. I laid it by in haste & have since overlooked it. I do not recollect to have seen it in the news papers & yet it appeared to me necessary that it should be so. As it came to me from some one of our public characters in London, I presume you must have received the Equivalent. I am curious to know if this has been the case & if any thing has been done upon it. After perusal & making such use as you may think proper you will oblige me by returning it.2

Yrs. truly

A H

Col Pickering

ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see Rufus King to H, April 29, 1797.

2Pickering endorsed this letter: “returned the papers inclosed Oct. 21. 1797. being rules in prosecuting appeals from the British Vice-Admiralty courts.” Pickering’s letter of October 21, 1797, has not been found.

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