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To Alexander Hamilton from John J. U. Rivardi, 8 May 1800

From John J. U. Rivardi

Niagara [New York] May 8, 1800. Reports that his investigation has uncovered evidence that “a discharged Soldier” was “guilty of Killing Indian horses” and that the Tuscaroras, who were present at the inquiries, “Seemed to be perfectly pleased” with the evidence obtained.1 States that he has been “Sollicited To give Some Assistance Towards establishing a road from Tantawantee”2 to Niagara and that although “Several persons have offered to Subscribe,” he “would not venture to grant any assistance” without orders because of “the impropriety of a Brittish Subscription Towards establishing a Road on American Ground” and a fear that “the Holland Company, on whose Ground the Road must run, might raise difficulties hereafter.”3 Repeats his request for compensation for “the English physicians who attended this Garrison during the time that we were without medical assistance.”4 Reiterates his desire to learn “the result of the Court of Inquiry.”5

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2Tonawanda Creek rises in Wyoming County, New York, and flows past Batavia to the Niagara River.

3For the Holland Land Company’s holding in western New York, see H to Robert Morris, March 18, 1795, note 29.

5For charges brought by Captain James Bruff against Rivardi, see Rivardi to H, March 21, 1798, note 13.

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