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From Alexander Hamilton to Tench Coxe, [7–8 August 1794]

To Tench Coxe

[Philadelphia, August 7–8,1 1794.]

Mr. Hamilton requests Mr. Coxe agreeably to the wish of the President to have the contents of the inclosed Letters published omitting and altering such things as disclose the Writers. Dunlaps Paper will be a good channel for this purpose.2

The sooner the better.

AL, RG 58, General Records, 1791–1803, National Archives.

1H did not date this letter. At the bottom of the letter Coxe wrote: “recd. Augt. 7 or 8th 1794.”

2The letters which H enclosed in his letter to Coxe have not been found, but see [Philadelphia] Dunlap and Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser, August 22, 1794, in which are printed the extracts of two letters dated June 19 and 25, 1794, “from a very respectable Mercantile House in London … to their Correspondent in New York.” The first letter commends “The moderation and wisdom of America in sending a man of Mr. Jay’s known and high character, to settle the differences between us by fair representation and negociation” and predicts that John Jay’s mission “will be completely successful.” The second letter, after stating that the British ministry in reply to a request from British merchants and manufacturers believed that “there would be little doubt that the matters in dispute would be all amicably arranged,” added that “the [British] Ministers disclaim any responsibility for the error [in their prediction] should it unexpectedly hereafter happen, that the influence of any party in America should overrule the dispositions of her government, and prevent the negociation terminating, as was expected.”

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