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To Alexander Hamilton from Chevalier de Colbert, 4 January 1802

From Chevalier de Colbert1

Paris, January 4, 1802. Expresses condolences on the death of Philip Hamilton.2 Requests Hamilton, as his attorney, to take action to secure for him the lands in Georgia granted to Comte d’Estaing.3 Also requests Hamilton to settle his accounts with Robert Morris to whom he had advanced money that was secured by some of Morris’s holdings in the Genesee country.4

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter is written in French.

4For a description of Morris’s holdings in the Genesee country in western New York, see H to Morris, March 18, 1795, note 29. In a statement prepared for his bankruptcy proceedings in 1801, Morris wrote: “Visct. de Colbert. This debt being in the nature of a trust, is included in the Genesee Assignment to T. F——, J. H——, and R. M. jun’r” (Morris, In the Account of Property description begins Robert Morris, In the Account of Property (King & Baird, Printers, No. 9 Sansom Street [Philadelphia], n.d.). description ends , 63). See also Ledger C, 216; Journal C, 282, 437, Robert Morris Account Books, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. For the assignment of 110,258 acres to Thomas FitzSimons, Joseph Higbee, and Robert Morris, Jr., “to secure the payment of sundry debts,” see Morris, In the Account of Property description begins Robert Morris, In the Account of Property (King & Baird, Printers, No. 9 Sansom Street [Philadelphia], n.d.). description ends , 3–4. See also Morris to Colbert, July 20, 1797 (LC, Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress); “The Award,” January 22, 1801 (copy, Gemeentearchief Amsterdam, Holland Land Company. In 1964 the Holland Land Company documents were transferred to their present location from the Nederlandsch Economisch-Historisch Archief, Amsterdam; also printed in the forthcoming Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., ed., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964–). description ends , III).

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