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From Alexander Hamilton to Tobias Lear, 6 September 1792

To Tobias Lear1

Philadelphia Sepr. 6, 1792

My Dear Sir

I have the pleasure of your letter of the 27 of August,2 and thank you very much for the trouble you have taken.

We could assure a compensation of 600 Dollars among twelve, and we would consent to an increase of the School to the number requisite to make up the 1000 in the same proportion of compensation—if we did not ourselves prefer to make the addition. This is all that can be now promised. If a competent character is willing to undertake on these terms, the sooner he is here the better.

I am happy to learn the flourishing state of the Country where you are. I believe too, though not in a perfectly equal degree, every part of the country enjoys a large portion of prosperity. But every part of the Country is not happy. The patriots, by way of eminence, will not let them be so. Their creed seems to be that the political like the Celestial heaven is to be obtained “in fear and trembling.”3

Mrs. Hamilton has lately given me another boy,4 who and the Mother are unusually well. She adds to her Complements to you her affect remembrances to Mrs. Lear in which let me join. Truly & with the most cordial esteem & regard I remain

Dr Sir   Your Obed ser

A Hamilton

Tobias Lear Esqr.

ALS, New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord.

1In PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XII, 327, this letter is listed as a “letter not found.”

2PAH description begins Harold C. Syrett, ed., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (New York and London, 1961– ). description ends , XII, 279–80.

3Paul’s letter to the Philippians, chapter 2, verse 12, reads: “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

4John Church Hamilton, H’s fourth son and fifth child, was born on August 22, 1792.

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