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From Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, 10 March 1796

To John Jay

New York March 10. 1796

Sir

I had the honor duely to receive Your Excellency’s letter of the 4th instant. I did not immediately answer it from an indistinct and confused recollection that a state of things existed in reference to the opposite party which did not permit my being concerned for the State. It now appears that I was not mistaken, and that I cannot with propriety execute Your Excellency’s desire.

With perfect respect I have the honor to be Sir   Yr. very obed servant

ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

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