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From Alexander Hamilton to Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, 20 April 1804

To Philip Jeremiah Schuyler1

[New York] April 20, 1804.

My Dear Sir:

I did not write to you on the subject of the awards, because I was in correspondence with Mr. Jacob Van Rensselaer2 respecting the matter.

He has sent me the draughts of deeds which I shall in a few days inspect, and return with such suggestions as may be requisite.

The things most urgent are 1. The completion of the survey, which Mr. R. writes me is in train. 2. The appointment of a guardian for Mr. Kane’s daughter3 at Schenectady. On both objects, I have written particularly to Mr. J. Van Rensselaer.

I say nothing on politics, with the course of which I am too much disgusted to give myself any future concern about them.

HCLW description begins Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (New York, 1904). description ends , X, 457.

1For background to this letter, see H to Jonas Platt, August 16, 1803. For a discussion of the dispute over the lands in Claverack, New York, see Goebel, Law Practice description begins Julius Goebel, Jr., and Joseph H. Smith, eds., The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary (New York and London, 1964– ). description ends , forthcoming volumes.

On July 1, 1799, Philip and Catherine Schuyler executed a power of attorney appointing their son, Philip Jeremiah Schuyler, as their agent in the management of Catherine Schuyler’s Claverack lands (DS, MS Division, New York Public Library).

2H’s correspondence with Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer has not been found.

3Alida Van Rensselaer Kane. Her father, Elisha Kane, was the son-in-law of Robert Van Rensselaer, who was Catherine Schuyler’s brother.

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