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From Alexander Hamilton to Timothy Pickering, [6 February 1797]

To Timothy Pickering

[New York, February 6, 1797]

Dr Sir

I duly received your letter of the 23 of Jany1 with its inclosure,2 for which I am much obliged to you. I have read it with great pleasure. It is a substantial satisfactory paper will do good in this Country & as to France I presume events will govern there.

Is it not proper to call upon the Merchants to furnish your Department with statements & proofs of the spoliations which we have suffered from the French as was done when the English were in their mischievous Carreer?3

Yrs. with true esteem

A Hamilton

I received your other letter4 with certain enclosures.

T Pickering Esq

ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1Letter not found.

2This enclosure was apparently a copy of Pickering to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, January 17, 1797. See George Washington to H, January 22, 1797; H to Washington, January 25–31, 1797.

3See Edmund Randolph to Washington, March 2, 1794 (LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2-June 26, 1794, National Archives).

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