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From Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, 19 August 1800

To John Jay

New York Aug 19. 1800

Dr Sir

I have occasion for a public purpose1 to allude to the reprobated instructions to our commissioners for making peace with Great Britain obliging them to act under the direction of the French Assembly.2 But though I have a general recollection of their tenor it is not precise enough for my object. I take it for granted your papers can afford the exact information. You will much oblige me by giving it to me without delay; being assured that you will in no shape be brought into view as the source.

I will also thank you for a copy of that letter which I wrote to you while Envoy to G Britain & which you told me you had shewn to Lord Grenville in which I express the opinion that unless an arrangement on solid terms can be made it will be better to do nothing or something of that import.3 I did not keep a copy.

Yrs. respectfully & affect.

A Hamilton

John Jay Esq

ALS, Columbia University Libraries.

1H was preparing a public letter criticizing John Adams. See H to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., July 1, August 3, 1800; Wolcott to H, July 7, 1800.

2For the instructions to the peace commissioners to Great Britain, which the Continental Congress approved on June 8, 1781, see “A French Faction,” April, 1798, note 2.

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