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[ Philadelphia, April 15, 1782. On November 10, 1782, Hamilton sent to Thomas Tillotson, his successor as receiver of continental taxes for the State of New York, a list of papers “relative to the office of Receiver of Taxes.” Item number three on that list was described as “farther instructions from the Superintendant to Alexander Hamilton dated as above.” The preceding letter was dated April...
I have received your letter dated at Albany the 13th, Instant, as I can have no doubt but that your Efforts will be applyed to promote the Public Interests, I hope the Journey you propose to Poughkepsie may prove every way agreable to your Wishes. I am Sir    Your Most Obedient Servt. LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress . ; LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress.
[ Philadelphia ] June 30, 1795 . “You will receive enclosed a Sketch of your Account as it stands on my Books exclusive of the $10,000 of which only $500 has been paid. The remainder I shall remit you soon as possible….” LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress. This letter concerns Morris’s efforts to pay the balance of a debt which he owed to H. For information on this debt, see the...
I have received your favour of the 29th. with the Papers enclosed therewith and should have acknowledged the receipt of them immediately but that I observed you had inserted a larger Sum as the bala. of my Note than I thought could be due thereon & lest you may not have kept a regular acct of the payments I have made on that account I wrote Mr Cottringer to make an extract from My Books & you...
I cannot help feeling some chagrin when I find you constantly treating the debt I owe you as if you were in danger of loosing it, because I wish to stand higher in your confidence than it seems is the case. I have assured you that you should not loose and I am happy to see my way clear to effect the payment pretty soon, perhaps some influen⟨ce o⟩n your part over those who are to pay may ⟨b⟩e...
I intended to have sent you Bank notes. Disappointments which are in this City day by day happening have prevented, but the above draft of Joseph Higbie in favor of Garrett Cottringer for $1000 will be honored and you can have it discounted, so that I hope this Remittance will answer the Purpose and you will Credit me for the same. I am truly   Yrs J Higbies draft 8 Decr at 30 ds on Robinson &...
Your letter dated April 9th. but which was written yesterday, I presume, came to hand this Morning and I have since the receipt of it and of one from Colo Ogden seen Colo Walker who tells me that he left power with you to adjust with the latter the business of the Mortgage formerly granted by me to Colo W. Smith on behalf of Mr Pulteney &c., therefore I presume it has been settled in some way...
I desired Mr. Constable to pay you $2000 & promised to remit him a bill for this Amot. By his letter just recd I find it was inconvenient for him to pay as he wants Money himself. You will find herein bills for five hundred pounds Stg they are perfectly good as Mr Cazenove will tell you & you can readily get the Money for them. I charge you $2333.33 being 175 ⅌ Ct and the exchge in New York is...
Your letter of yesterday is this moment recd and I take my pen upon the first impulse to tell you not to be uneasy, I will pay you every farthing principal & interest, have patience for my measures to operate & rely yourself with Confidence. The Nature of your debt ties me at all events & it shall be paid. As to Mr Church’s Security how can it be doubted. I told you before that Mr Marshall is...
I am glad to see by your line of yesterday that you had got safe home. I am at present in treaty for the Sale of some Lands of Pennsa & perhaps some of the Tracts I proposed to you may be included in the sale. If they are, others shall be Substituted & you may rely that I will not lose a day unnecessarily in preparing & transmitting the Mortgages, but instead of putting the whole into one...
On perusing the Advertizement enclosed herewith you will see the Propriety of its having a general Circulation throughout the United States. I therefore request you will cause it to be published in the several News Papers that are printed in your State. I am Sir Your most obedient & humble Servant LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress. This was sent as a circular letter to the...
Philadelphia, May 15, 1782. Sends a circular to the “Receivers of Taxes Eastward of Hudsons River” instructing them on the manner of transmitting notes, bank notes, and Morris notes to the Office of Finance in Philadelphia. Appoints John Brown of Philadelphia “Messenger by whom you are from Time to Time to transmit the Bank Notes which you may receive.” LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library of...
I wrote a letter last night to you & one to Mr Church, but as these must go by some private hand who will carry Safe my Bond & Mortgage I send this by Post to let you know that those papers are duly executed & the Mortgage acknowledged by Mrs Morris & myself before Judge Wilson. They shall be sent by the first safe Conveyance I can meet with by Dr Sir   Yrs LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library...
I have received your Letter of the fourth Instant and am very much obliged by the Attention shewn to the Subject of it. Your Sentiments on the Occasion I entirely approve and indeed before this reaches you you will probably have seen that the Letter has been republished in one of the Philadelphia Papers. I should readily consent to the Publication of many others which I have written on the...
I yesterday received your Letter of the seventeenth of June and am very happy to find you have determined to accept the office I had the Pleasure of offering to you. I enclose the commission, Instructions &ca. together with a Bond for Performance of the Duties which I must request you to fill up, execute with some sufficient Surety and transmit. The complaint you make of the System of...
The bearer hereof Mr James Rees takes with him the deed for the genesee land which is to be lodged with you for my son Thomas and it may either be lodged with you as an Escrow to secure in the first instance the payment of the bala due to you which is $6002 as ⅌ the accot which is forwarded to Thomas so that you and he may settle and the remainder of the purchase money is to be paid to me but...
Mr Tilghman authorizes me to tell you that our Law respecting endorsements is exactly the same as the Law of England & that 20 ⅌ Ct is the Amot of Damages on protested Bills drawn here upon Europe. Mr. Nicholson is returned to this City & I think the holders of his bill should Apply to him for payment. I think he would make some arrangement with them so as to secure the payment and allow...
I have received your Favor dated at Albany on the 19th Instant with the Enclosures. What you say of your Prospect with Respect to the Receipt of Money for Taxes, is as you may easily suppose very unpleasing. I hope it will soon assume a different Appearance. Unless Something more be done by the States, many very dangerous as well as disagreable Consequences are to be apprehended. With sincere...
Agreeably to my promise I enclose herewith a List of the Lands which I propose to mortgage to you as Security for the debt due to Mr Church and I think the value more than Sufficient. For some of these Lands the Patents are issued, for some they are not issued, but the Patents are only considered as Evidence of Title, because when Warrants of Survey are granted the money is paid & a return of...
I have a Negotiation in hand which will probably enable me to transfer to Mr Church the Deferred Debt which my Son agreed to pay him. Before I can speak positively a Correspondence which is opened with Boston must ripen, and I expect that the intercourse of a few Posts will reduce the matter to a certainty one way or other. I have $140,000 Deferred Debt deposited with the Treasurer of...
I am but just returned from the City of Washington after a long absence, and find your letter of the 10 Inst with others awaiting me, as yet I hardly know my Position, what I can or cannot do, but after looking round and counting Claims & Resources I will write to you again and you may rest assured that I will do all I can for your Convenience, for I am your constant & faithful Friend & Servt...
It is Some time Since I Received your performance dated the 30th. April last. I have read it with that attention which it justly deserves and finding many points of it to Coincide with my own Opinions on the Subject, it naturally Strengthened that Confidence which every man ought to possess to a certain degree in his own judgement. You will very Soon See the Plan of a Bank published and...
I am sorry that the Omission & inaccuracy of description in the Mortgage Deed as expressed in your letter of the 26 Inst. should have occasioned you any farther Trouble in Mr Churchs Business. The Omission of the name was owing to that Tract not having been conveyed to the parties for whom it was intended by Colo Ogden, who made an Agreement short of my terms the Object being to discharge...
You have herewith the Copy of a letter from Mr Bridgen to me & my reply which you will cause to be delivered, if they will apply to Mr Nicholson the business will be accomplished with him but if they possitively will not, I must request you to adjust the matter on my behalf on the best terms & longest time you can obtain. I am impatiently waiting an Answer to my last letter on the business...
By a letter this moment received from Colo S. Ogden dated yesterday I learn that he was but then going to N York to accomplish the business I mentioned to you, the sale of 50,000 Acres of Genesee Lands in order to enable me to discharge Colo smiths mortgage. This done, I can give you the Security mentioned in my last and probably your influence with Mr Walker & Mr. seton may help in point of...
I have found it necessary to draw Bills on Mr. Swanwick in favor of different People and payable at various Periods. These are Bills of Exchange in the common Form and must be negotiated by Indorsements. You will always receive them in like Manner with my other Notes or Bank Notes and remit them which you can do without cutting them as they will be paid only to the Indorsee. I am Sir your most...
I cannot account for your not having Answered the letter of which the preceeding is a Copy, in any other way than by supposing it did not get to your hands, it was written so long since as the 23d of May last & sent by Post, and is of so important a nature that I waited with Anxiety supposing however that the papers were preparing and that you delayed writing untill they were ready. I am...
I have this moment received yours of yesterday with the deed to Mr Cottringer for which accept my thanks. Mr Ralph Mather the last endorser of the bill on which Mr Bridgon threatens to bring suit, has opened a negotiation here with Mr Nicholson respecting it, and as I hope an arrangement will be made so as to satisfy the owners of sd Bill you will be good enough to prevail on them to wait the...
I delivered your letter to Wm Lewis Esqre together with yours to me and a draft of the Mortgage. He promised attention but as the Supreme Court is Sitting I believe he is much hurried. It will be over in a few days & then I suppose we shall get the business finished. In the mean time I drop this line that you may know that no delay occurs on my part. On the Contrary I wish to put you perfectly...
Philadelphia, February 12, 1782. Sends the several receivers an “Advertisement respecting the Receivers of Continental Taxes,” which states: “And whereas it is not only necessary that some precise mode be adopted for managing the public Business in this respect, but also that the same be publickly known, so that all Persons concerned therein may have due notice thereof I have therefore...
I have this day been informed that an attachment has been laid by your order in the Name of Mr Church, in the hands of Messrs Le Roy Bayard & McEvers, what this is for or why it is done I cannot conceive; your agency in its astonishes me, if it is for the balance of the Money you lent me , I shall deem my self more unfortunate than ever (altho sufficiently so before) to have such measures...
You will See by the enclosed Note of Mr John Ross, the pointed terms in which he calls for my aid in accomplishing the Settlement of his Accounts with the U S. If any thing I can say to you will add Weight to his application, I beg you will consider it as said. Mr Ross certainly executed the Public Business well, his Shipments were most useful when they arrived & the Public were great Gainers...
When you received the Bond & Mortgage Deed transmitted herewith which are dated the 16 Instant you will perceive that there has been all the sincerity in my Professions which you could expect. I have from you experienced that degree of Confidence which consisted with my Character and I have been gratified thereby but the extreme solicitude that has lately appeared on your part leads me to...
I wrote to you some days ago, but have not yet heard in reply. I take the liberty to enclose herein a letter for Mr. Church and to ask your interference. If it is only his Money that he is Seeking I will get it for him, and I would fain hope that he does not wish to take advantage of my Necessities and obtain my property at less than its worth. I am willing to Sell it at a fair price to him if...
Enclosed you will find Copies of my Letters of the twenty-ninth and thirtieth of July to Congress. I know not what Determinations they may come to on these Subjects but I transmit the Letters that you may be possessed of the Matter, fully obviate Misrepresentations, and inculcate at proper Opportunities those Principles of national Integrity which are essential to our Safety. I am Sir with...
Your letter of the 21st inst. is just received none of a previous date in reply to mine of 31st Ulto ever reached me, nor have I received from you any acknowledgement of the receipt of my letter to you of 7th Inst. which was sent by Captn Williamson in order to have the mortgage to Colo Smith removed & the suit in Chancery brought by Colo Walker discharged. This latter is a very important...
Peter Goelet Robert Morris & William Popham Trustees for all the Creditors of Peter Hassenclever and others under an Attachment &c   To Alexander Hamilton } Deed dated the fourth day of April An: Dom 1797. in Consideration of two thousand four hundred and twenty two pounds thirteen shillings and ten pence for a Tract of Land situate lying and being in the Manor of Cosby, on the North side of...
I received by the Post your Favor of the seventh Instant. I have always suspected that the disorderly Manner of doing Business in many Parts of this Continent has enabled People to commit Frauds or what is the same thing as to the Public Loss covered their Ignorance Indolence and Extravagance. It is only by probing these Matters to the Bottom that the Extent of the Evil can be discovered and I...
I was preparing to answer your favor of the 22d ulto when I was informed that you are to be here on the 17th of this month which I am very glad of as it will give me the Oppy of adjusting the business personally & I hope to your Satisfaction. I am most truly   Yrs LC , Robert Morris Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found. The purpose of H’s trip to Philadelphia was to argue the...
Whereas Alexander Hamilton esquire in conformity with an Act of the United States in Congress assembled passed the 2d of November 1781, hath been duly appointed by Commission under my Hand and Seal, Receiver of the continental Taxes within the State of New York. And whereas it is doubtful whether a Receiver of the continental Taxes hath yet been recognized by the Legislature of that State, In...
I wrote a few lines from Mr Nicholsons house on Saturday whilst waiting to see Mr Mather; he did not come there untill I was obliged to come away, but Mr Nicholson informs me he came afterwards and that they are likely to effect an Arrangement for the Bill of Exchange and that Mr Mather has written to stay any proceedings in New York untill they hear again from him. This being a debt of Mr...
I was disappointed in not seeing you as expected before your departure. In reply to your favor of the 9th. I must first tell you, that if certain Negotiations which I am working at succeed I will pay you sooner than you expect, but if they fall through as many others have done I will at all Events take up my Note by paying Principal and Interest within nine months from this date & as much...
I enclose you the Copy of an Act of the first Instant with the Copy of my Circular Letter to the Governors inclosing it. You will consider this Act as an Additional Evidence of the firm Determination of our Sovereign to persevere in those Systems which they have adopted. I recommend this Act to your serious and vigilant Attention in all its Parts. It is a mighty fashionable Thing to declaim on...
You will find annexed hereto the Copy of a letter just received from Charles Bridgen Esqr. and enclosed my Answer, which after reading You will be kind enough to send to him. I suppose myself to be founded in saying that the suit contemplated, cannot be brought against me, otherwise no Man whose Name is on another Mans paper, can be safe, At any rate I request your Aid as a professional Man...
The trustees of the Creditors of Peter Hasenclever & Co. are met and intend to proceed in & finish this business as soon as possible. You will please to take notice accordingly as far as you are concerned. With respect we are Sir your humble Servts. Copy, Miscellaneous Chancery Papers, American Iron Company, Clerk of the Court of Appeals, Albany, on deposit at Queens College, New York City....
I did expect to have remitted you drafts upon New York before this time, but unexpected delays & some difficulties have Occurred in a Negotiation which I have in hand for the purpose, I hope soon to accomplish the object and to do what you wish, be assured that you shall soon hear from me with the needfull & that I am Your faithfull hbe servt. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC ,...
Your favour of the 4th only reached me Yesterday. I will get Mr Tilghman or Mr Lewis to write to you on the point you desire. In the mean time as I am anxious to have the Land business settled, I think it best to have the papers assigned to Mr Garrett Cottringer in such manner as to Vest him with the right for the present and as that he may release or convey to me my or my order hereafter. The...
Philadelphia, June 6, 1798. “In a letter which I wrote to you on the 27th of October last you will find it Stated that Doctor Craigie stood indebted to me in the Sum of $6,250 which it was my wish that you should receive in discharge of the debt I owed you. Sometime after you wrote that Mr. Johnson Agent of Doctr Craigie informed you that this Claim was Assigned by me to Colo Ogden, and as I...
I am indebted for two of your Favors, one of which is without date, the other of the fifth Instant enclosing the Account of your Receipts to that Time. I am sorry the Propositions I made did not suit Colo. Malcolm and Mr. Lawrence. I am pleased that you approve the Plans for restoring public Credit and wish they had been adopted, as I conceive the substituting a mere temporary Expedient is...
Mr. Charles Stewart late Commissary general of Issues has informed me ⟨that⟩ you are disposed to quit the military line for the purpose of ⟨en⟩tering into civil life. He at the same time induced me to believe ⟨that⟩ you would accept of the Office of Receiver of the continental taxes ⟨for⟩ the state of New York. The intention of this letter is to offer you that ⟨app⟩ointment. The duties of the...