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In acknowledging the receipt of your candid and kind letter by the last Post; little more is incumbent upon me, than to thank you sincerely for the frankness with which you communicated your sentiments, and to assure you that the same manly tone of intercourse will always be more than barely wellcome, Indeed it, will be highly acceptable to me. I am particularly glad, in the present instance,...
A day or two ago the enclosed letters came to my hands. The watch of Genl. Morgan you have for what it cost him, what he expects for it is also signified. It is a repeater with a chaced outer case with open work in parts. The Inner case is open, nearly in the whole. It is of an old fraction make, and appears to have seen better days; perhaps its chief merits lay in being a family piece,...
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance Brigr General James Jackson, (a representative from Georgia to Congress) he is my particular friend, who in the Campaign of 1782 Commanded the State Legion which composed my Vanguard. I know him to be A Valuable Citizen a good soldier & an honest man, & as such I wish you to introduce him to your Military & other acquaintances, & whatever Civilities...
Richmond, January 28, 1789. “Some discoveries which I have made since my return from New York respecting the conduct of Mr. Simon Nathan, in the Business confided to his management by Mr. Foster Webb junr and myself, enduces me to trouble you.… The discoveries … fully evince the fraudulent Intentions and Practices of Mr. Nathan, and at the same time afford evidence which will substantiate a...
New York, March 22, 1785. “[I enclose] a statement respecting the Rents (of the different Lotts on the Vineyard in dispute with the Beekmans) that we have received since the Death of my Father, which I hope will be sufficient both to you and the other Gentlemen Arbitrators of this disagreeable Business to conclude upon.” ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. White was the son of Thomas...
I have your favor of the 1st. handed me by Mr. Chaloner. As you have not full & clear information of what has pass’d between Mr. Church, Mr. Moses, Mr. Wadsworth & Myself with Respect to our Company Ships I shall briefly state the Matter. The first mentioned Gentleman was here I think in July with information from Mr: Moses that he was ⅛ concerned & that I would make Him acquainted with all...
Philadelphia, March 24, 1786. Sends an account of the cargo of the St. Anne and a statement of the amount owed to John B. Church, owner of one-eighth of the cargo. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For an explanation of the account between Wilcocks and Church, see H to John Chaloner, March 1, 1786 ; Wilcocks to H, March 5, 1786 ; H to Chaloner, March 10, 1786 ; and H to Wilcocks,...
I received just now a Note from Mr. Atkinson which you had written to him for Mr. Hearts obligations to Mr. Mc.Cauley and which I suppose was occasioned by my Message to you yesterday. I am very glad at any rate that the creditors are likely to obtain some settlement But I think at the same time that you have adopted a strange and injurious line of Conduct to me. It is now near six months...
The moment I received yours I perceived the precipitancy of my own Conduct and was very sorry I had so far mistaken both our Characters to act in the manner I have done. I flatter myself that the same Candor which has dictated yours will be exerted towards mine and that you will only view it as the act of a Man who conceived himself injured. As you have never experienced the cruel reverses of...
I do hereby Certify that on Casting up the Votes in the several Poll lists returned to me by the Inspectors of the General Election held in the several Wards of the City and County in April last it appears that Alexander Hamilton Esqr. was by plurality of Voices duly Elected one of the Representatives of the General Assembly for the City and County of New York. Given under my hand at New York...
Marinus Willett informs H___ G___, that it is not his wish to divert him from the pursuit of his plan of defamation. M. Willett, is no letter writer, he had it only in view by a plain and candid relation to detect a false representation of a transaction in which he was a principal. It is by no means his intention to intrude on the public by investigating the causes which led to the...
I have just received your Letter inclosing Baron Steubens Printed Paper In answer please to knew that Nothing passed between me & the Committee that can be constructed as the least Contradiction to which I certified formerly. They asked now whether there was an actual or explicit Contract with Baron Steuben verbally though not written I answerd that there was not any proper formal Contract...
Your Conduct having always evinced, not only a fervent and enlightened Zeal for the Rights and Liberties of the People but a Capacity of deciding justly on great constitutional Questions; I make no apology for addressing you on this Occasion. The 25th. Article of the Constitution of this State declares “that the Chancellor and Judges of the Supreme Court, shall not at the same Time hold any...
Mr. Hamilton. To deliver my sentiments on so important a subject, when the first characters in the union have gone before me, inspires me with the greatest diffidence, especially when my own ideas are so materially dissimilar to the plans now before the committee. My situation is disagreeable, but it would be criminal not to come forward on a question of such magnitude. I have well considered...
Philadelphia, September 17, 1787. Not only was Hamilton one of the signers of this document but the names of the states listed before the names of the signers are also in Hamilton’s writing. D , on display at the National Archives.
New York, February 20, 1787. On this date Hamilton, as chairman of a committee, reported on a petition of Theodosius Fowler and others “praying that the estate of Jonathan Fowler, forfeited to the people of this State (the sale whereof has been stayed for the accomodation of the petitioners) may by law be appropriated to the payment of the debts of the said Jonathan.” Hamilton recommended that...
New York, February 11, 1789. On this date Hamilton and twelve others were appointed “a committee to correspond with the other counties on the subject” of the election of Robert Yates as governor and Pierre Van Cortlandt as lieutenant governor of New York State. New-York Packet , March 3, 1789. The committee of correspondence was appointed “at a numerous and respectable meeting of citizens at...
New York, August 26, 1786. On this date the “Original Articles of Agreement of the associated Manufacturing Iron Company” of the City and County of New York were filed in the Clerk’s office. Hamilton’s name appears on the list of subscribers as the purchaser of two shares. DS , Municipal Archives and Records Center, New York City. The New York legislature by an act of April 28, 1786, granted...
On motion of Mr. Taylor, the house went into a committee of the whole, on the Tax bill.… Mr. Hamilton observed that as the present bill exhibited a new system of taxation, it might be proper to enter into some explanation of its principles. It was agreed on all hands, that the system heretofore in use was full of defects; both in the view of equality among individuals and of revenue to the...
New York, April 19, 1786. Acknowledges receipt of “Nine pounds twelve shill⟨ings⟩” as a retainer for a case concerning “Patents … adjacent to the Jersey line in the County of Orange.…” ADS , Yale University Library.
There is little doubt that Hamilton wrote the “H.G.” letters. Although he never said as much, many anonymous newspaper writers stated that he wrote them. For example, “William Tell,” whose attacks on Hamilton were so scurrilous that Francis Childs finally refused to print them in The [New York] Daily Advertiser , repeatedly named Hamilton as the author of the “H.G.” letters (see The Daily...
The [New York] Daily Advertiser , October 1, 1787. The only evidence for the assumption that H wrote the “Caesar” letters in reply to the letters of “Cato,” presumably written by George Clinton, is a letter printed by Paul Leicester Ford ( Essays on the Constitution of the United States [Brooklyn, New York, 1892], 245). Ford states that this letter is in the George Clinton Papers, New York...
New York, March 2, 1788. As members of a committee of the trustees of Columbia College, Hamilton and Brockholst Livingston reported on a “letter of the Reverend Mr. Benjamin Moore of the 13th Decembr. Ulto: respecting a demand made on him by Mr. Leonard Lispenard for the rent of a house occupied by Mr. Moore during part of the late war.” Hamilton and Livingston reported “that there exists no...
To the People of the State of New-York. I PROCEED now to trace the real characters of the proposed executive as they are marked out in the plan of the Convention. This will serve to place in a strong light the unfairness of the representations which have been made in regard to it. The first thing which strikes our attention is that the executive authority, with few exceptions, is to be vested...
835Tax Assessment, 1789 (Hamilton Papers)
New York, 1789. Hamilton’s house at 58 Wall Street was assessed at £1,200 and his personal property at £750. Tax Assessment Record for New York City (Manhattan), Municipal Reference Library, New York City. For background to this document, see “Conveyance from James Barclay and Others,” September 17, 1785 (printed in this volume). New York currency.
The [New York] Daily Advertiser , October 15, 1787. For a discussion of the arguments for and against H’s authorship of the “Caesar” letters, see “Caesar No. I,” September 28, 1787 . The second “Caesar” letter was written in reply to “Cato II” which was published in The New-York Journal, and Daily Patriotic Register , October 11, 1787.