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To Alexander Hamilton from Israel Loring, 24 November 1803

From Israel Loring1

New York, November 24, 1803. “By a variety of unavoidable Circumstance I am reduced to a State of dependance upon the bounty of my friends. I am in consequence of the injury received in my hip rendered incapable of very Active employment. I have solicited in vain for a situation in one of the Banks as yet there is no vacancy; and now have taken the liberty of addressing you soliciting the favor of some employment as engrossing Clerk for you or some of your friends.… under the present order of things an application for public employment would be in vain, as I was the first victim of democratic extermination having been dismissed on the 14th. March 1801 by Henry Dearborn the Secretary of War, from his Office (where I was placed by Mr. Dexter)2 for the Sin of Federalism.”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Loring, a native of New York City, served as a second lieutenant in the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry from September 12, 1799, to June 14, 1800, when he was honorably discharged.

2Loring was a clerk in the office of Samuel Dexter, Secretary of War, from July, 1800, until his dismissal (DS, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 11,730, National Archives).

Dexter was Secretary of War from July 12, 1800, to December 31, 1800, when he became Secretary of the Treasury.

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