Alexander Hamilton Papers

Deposition in Favor of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Varick, 31 October 1780

Deposition in Favor of
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Varick1

[Preakness, New Jersey, October 31, 1780. “Personally appeared before me John Glover, Brigadier General in the Army of the United States, Alex. Hamilton, Lt. Colonel and Aide De Camp to The Commander in Chief, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that from all the circumstances of the behaviour of Richard Varick, Esqr., on the late occasion of the desertion of Major General Arnold, so far as the said Alex. Hamilton was witness to them, he was fully persauded of the innocence of the said Richard Varick Esqr. in the treasonable proceedings of the said Arnold.…” Document not found.]2

ALS, sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 20, 1947; DS, in the handwriting of H and signed by John Glover, Harvard College Library.

1This deposition was written in reply to Varick’s request of October 24, 1780. H’s deposition, however, was apparently not used, for it is not in the record of the court of inquiry on Varick. See Albert Bushnell Hart, ed., The Varick Court of Inquiry to Investigate the Implication of Colonel Varick in the Arnold Treason (Boston, 1907).

2Extract taken from Parke-Bernet catalogue.

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